Community allotment opens in memory of AmicusHorizon's Bob Fowler
Published by amicushorizon for AmicusHorizon Group in Housing
The new community allotment is officially opened in memory of AmicusHorizon’s Bob Fowler
A new community allotment has been officially opened in Milton Regis in memory of AmicusHorizon’s Bob Fowler.
The land at Regis Crescent, Sittingbourne, has been dramatically transformed after 18 months of hard work.
The project has been managed by housing association AmicusHorizon in partnership with Swale Borough Council, Skillnet Group and Kent County Council’s Sittingbourne childrens centres.
The site had previously been disused and became a target for flytippers. Bob Fowler, part of the Estate Services Team at AmicusHorizon, was passionate about gardening and became instrumental in pushing forward plans for an allotment.
Sadly, Bob passed away in 2012 before his vision became a reality, but the housing association continued with the project.
And on Wednesday (27 August) AmicusHorizon was delighted to host a grand opening which was attended by staff, Bob’s family and friends, local residents, councillors, partner agencies and volunteers.
There was lots of entertainment at the open day too, including the Doddington Ukulele Movement. Other fun activities included a bug hunt, a chance for children to make ‘mud pies and cakes’, a bicycle that makes smoothie drinks and a planting session.
Bob’s wife Rosemary said: "The community allotment was a real passion of Bob’s and it was great for us to see how it’s all come together. Bob would have been really proud of what’s been achieved. It was touching to see how much effort his colleagues have put into completing the project and fulfilling his vision. The allotment is a fitting tribute to Bob."
The site will be developed as a space for the local community to learn how to grow their own food. Volunteer Dave Eldred, who cut the ribbon to open the allotment, has been busy coordinating groups who want to be involved.
Nicki Treadwell, Kent Neighbourhood Manager at AmicusHorizon, said: "We’re grateful to everybody who has helped get the allotment site ready and dedicated hours of their time. We want people of all ages to get involved – we’ve already allocated some plots to a scout group. Bob was a much loved member of our team and this project is very close to our hearts. We hope he’d feel proud of what has been achieved."
If you’re interested in volunteering at the allotment or would like a plot, please call Nicki Treadwell on 0800 121 60 60.