ALLOTMENT owners are pleading with a parish council for help in a bid to rescue plots severely affected by flooding.
Stretton Allotment Association had to cancel all three of its fund-raising events last year, which generally raises around £600 for the group, after persistent flooding affected crops caused by what members believe is poor drainage - which is at least 35-years-old.
Allotment members attended Stretton Parish Council on Tuesday to ask councillors to send a professional to the plots, off Bitham Lane, to assess the problem.
Helen Nutland, chairman of Stretton Allotment Association, told parish councillors that members are quitting and for the first time in 35 years they have not had a waiting list for an allotment which are now plagued with crop failures.
She said: “For the last four years we have had flooding problems, causing crop failures, and damage to crops. Minutes from our 2012 AGM will also reflect a difficult time, where parts of the allotment have been under water for some time. More allotment holders than ever before have lost crops due to flooding.
“(Of the 38 plots) five are severely affected by flooding and at least 15 more are affected. We have not had any new interest in the allotments and for the first time in 35 years we have not got a waiting list.
“We are asking the parish council to action a professional body to assess the drainage problem and sort out a solution before the growing season starts. I hope the parish council can ensure the future of the allotments is saved as it is a community open space.”
David Eynon, chairman of the parish council, pointed out the importance of the allotments, saying: “We enjoy allotments in Stretton so I take your request seriously and we should look at what we can do because we want to provide allotments for people’s pastimes.We will look at all the resources we have financially and see what we can do.”