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Bournemouth allotments worth £50,000 proposed

New allotments worth £50,000 have been proposed for Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Borough Council's plans would see a derelict piece of land at Elizabeth Gardens in Springbourne turned into eight allotments.

Work would include creating seven raised plots and an accessible plot for residents with mobility issues.

There are also plans for a wildflower border at the front of the site to aid pollination, as well as storage for water and tools.

'Popular and oversubscribed'

The project has received £50,000 from the Home Office Community Action Fund.

Councillor Rod Cooper, cabinet member for economy, leisure and tourism, said: "Allotments in Bournemouth are extremely popular and are oversubscribed.

"By transforming this piece of land into allotments, not only will we be providing an extra facility for residents to use but it will also improve the look and feel of the area."

Bournemouth currently has five allotment sites.

If planning permission is granted for the site in Springbourne, the council hopes the allotments would be ready in Spring 2012.

It said plots would be allocated to residents currently on the allotment waiting list.

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