Havering mayor celebrates Collier Row allotment

Horticultural society’s latest opening

Collier Row Horticultural society and allotments association opened their new show room last Saturday, May 11.

The red ribbon was officially cut by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende.

The day saw not just the ribbon cutting but tables sales, fancy dress, raffles and a barbecue. Also at the opening were Councillors John and Phillipa Crowder and Councillor Dillip Patel who alongside the MP and Mayor had a tour of the beautiful allotments.

Chairperson of the Collier Row Horticultural Society Karen Waker told The Enquirer: “Growing your own produce is hard work but the rewards are knowing where your food comes from, something that does get lost. When my two year old grandson came over here with me he was amazed, pushing the soil away saying ‘potatoes’. Before that it had never occurred to me that he would not know where his food comes from.”

Karen began to grow her own vegetables after her daughter became a vegetarian: “My daughter’s family are vegetarians and I was concerned about the protein my grandson was getting and after a bit of investigation I found that broad beans have as much protein in them as a steak and now he is taller than me”.

The Collier Row Horticultural Society is comprised of five sites across Collier Row, the shop is run by volunteers and all the profits made go back into the allotments. Local MP Andrew Rosindell told The Enquirer: “Its a great day to come here to the Collier Row Horticultural Society and see the amazing work they do. It is a great community facility and its wonderful to be amongst local people who care about the environment, the wildlife and and the horticulture and long may it continue.”

Havering’s Mayor Linda Van Den Hende said: “It’s great to see so many people that look after the allotments and grow their own vegetables which is healthy. It is often forgotten that there are these allotments across the borough and we should celebrate them all as they are a way for people to keep fit and active and eat healthy food. I’m really pleased to be here today.”

Karen Waker finished: “The allotment is a place where you can go to get back to mother nature, get your hands dirty and have fun. To have the joy of seeing all your hard work come along to the dinner table is one of the best feelings.”

by FRANCESCA LILLEYSTONE

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