Disability Support South Tyneside

Community gardeners need to spend a penny

Tanks a lot … Chris Convery, left, and his team at Holder House allotments are hoping for some extra help.

Published on Thursday 10 February 2011 10:30

A GROUP of South Tyneside gardeners is hoping a kind-hearted business will spare a few quid to help them ‘spend a penny’.

Users of the community garden at Holder House Allotments, in Whiteleas, South Shields, were thrilled when construction company Carillion offered to install a disabled toilet on the site.

But before work starts, they need to get their hands on a septic tank, which costs about £1,000, so the new loo will work.

Project manager Chris Convery said: “At the moment, we have a disabled Portaloo on site, but to make the site more accessible to those in wheelchairs, we need a permanent disabled toilet.

“The site is going really well, and the people who come here are gaining so much, personally, that we are trying to continue building on what we have achieved so far to make it better for them. To have a disabled toilet of this kind on site would mean so much to users, so if anyone can help, we would be so grateful.”
The community garden has been on its current site at the allotments for the past two years, and offers a place for people with learning disabilities to go and learn about horticulture, boosting their confidence and gardening skills.

Coun Ernest Gibson, a ward councillor for Whiteleas and a keen supporter of the scheme, said; “The community garden is an excellent project and has helped to change so many lives around.

“Carillion has kindly offered, through their apprenticeship scheme, to install a disabled toilet on the site, and now all we need is a septic tank.”

Mr Convery is also asking any builders who have spare materials they can donate to the community garden to create poly-tunnels.

Anyone who can help should contact Mr Convery on 07824 560147

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