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WRHA makes allotment dream come true

Green-fingered residents in Wootton Wawen are celebrating after a 10 year dream has become a reality.

A dedicated car parking area has been landscaped at the popular community allotments off Wawensmere Road, putting an end to years of frustration.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association in partnership with Waterloo Housing and developer, Bouygues UK, are building Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus affordable housing development in Wootton Wawen.

Throughout the development process, Bouygues UK has been liaising closely with residents and neighbours to ensure that the Passivhaus scheme makes a positive contribution to the local community.

When residents highlighted the car parking issues at the village allotments, WRHA and Waterloo Housing agreed to fund Bouygues UK to carry out work totalling £5,000.

Liz Major, Secretary of the Wootton Wawen Allotments and Garden Association (WWAGA), who has been campaigning for a proper car parking area since she first rented an allotment in 2001, is delighted.

Liz, along with Peter Cornford, Chairman of WWAGA and Wootton Wawen Parish Councillor, Michael Dufty, have been working hard to ensure the project comes to fruition.

“Parking has always been restricted to one car,” said Liz.  “We gained permission to create a car park around 10 years ago but the Association has never had enough funds.  When we found out that the work would be done as part of the new housing development, we were so excited.”

Villagers take great pride in their 39 allotments, with some used for growing fruit and vegetables, while others yield prize-winning flowers.  One allotment is tended by the national dahlia growing champion!

“I’m absolutely delighted that the work has been done,” Liz added.  “I really didn’t think it would ever happen and it’s going to make a huge difference to us all.”