New community allotments for Reading get funding

Reading West MP Alok Sharma with Southcote children at the allotment
Image caption The allotments are intended to help parents and children grow their own vegetables.

Derelict land in Florian Gardens, Southcote, will be transformed into 15 allotments after a Berkshire charity won a £52,000 lottery grant.

The Reading Growallot scheme is part of Food 4 Families, a community allotment project sponsored by Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC).

It has already created 17 gardens at schools and community centres across Reading.

The scheme helps children and parents learn to grow their own food.

Food for Families provides gardening tutors to families and works with Reading Borough Council to find suitable land for community gardens and allotments.

It won the money after taking part in The Jubilee People's Millions Lottery Competition.

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