Wassail highlights threat to Bristol allotments

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Jan 17 19:16:58 GMT 2011

Cameron is making me and the NHS sick today while reading from a pre 
prepared script probably written by a robot.
Meanwhile real people doing real stuff.

Wassail highlights threat to allotments

A COMMUNITY wassail helped Shirehampton campaigners to launch their 
bid to protect allotment land near their homes.

Bristol Morris Men were invited to dance at the wassail organised by 
members of the Tynings Field Community Group (TFCG) and Leyfield 
allotment site representatives Paul and Sheila Warrilow. The new 
community group was set up to protect allotments in Shirehampton. 
Many of the campaigners were devastated when Bristol City Council 
proposed building on green spaces at the Daisy Field and allotments 
at Woodwell Road.

Local campaigner Caroline Penny has initiated an application for Town 
Green status for the Daisy Field and people in Shirehampton will be 
asked to give evidence that the space has been used by them for at 
least the last 20 years.

Ms Penny said: "We aim to set it up as a farm project. Members pay a 
fee dependent on how much of a share they want in the way of 
vegetables offset against the cost of renting the land. We all do a 
bit as volunteer working members.

"Our group is about preserving this historically green area of 
Shirehampton which is important to the local community.

"I have handed in petitions with hundreds of signatures for this 
field to be given a green space use and not to be sold off for 
development. We would urge the council to listen to us and support us 
with this project which itself will go a long way towards putting 
Bristol on the map as a green city and will benefit the local 
community from cradle to grave."
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