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Mayor opens allotments for disabled people in Finchley
Raised flower beds for people with disabilities and for children will be officially opened tomorrow.
At 11am Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama, will open the sixteen new beds in Finchley’s Gordon Road Allotments.
Twelve of the beds will form the largest public gardening facility for people with physical disabilities in Barnet.
The remaining four will be used by pupils of Moss Hall Nursery School, in Nether Street, and the Southover Partnership School, in Ballards Lane, to grow vegetables.
The beds have been constructed at various heights to cater of people with a variety of special needs.
They are made from sleepers and filled with compost made from Barnet’s green wheelie bin waste.
Each bed also has its own water supply and secure box for tools.
To make the allotments more accessible the area around the beds has been paved to enable wheelchairs to move around.
At the opening the mayor will also hand over a £10,000 cheque from Awards for All to allow a log cabin to be installed.
The Finchley Horticultural Society raised a total of £87,678 for the project and funding was given by the City Bridge Trust, London Borough of Barnet and Awards for All, Barnet Federation of Allotments, Disability Action in the Borough of Barnet, the Society for Horticultural Therapy (Thrive), and many volunteers and plotholders.