There haven’t always been allotments in Ordsall and it took a long community-led campaign and lots of work and planning to get them. For some time the Ordsall Allotment Association had members but no allotments but eventually the allotments were completed and the site was officially opened in 2014. The allotments have transformed an area of derelict land in the centre of Ordsall in to a green oasis. The site was formerly part of the centre of the estate and the Jubilee pub, a post office, and library were cleared as part of the redevelopment of Ordsall. The former St Clements School site on Robert Hall Street had originally been identified for the allotments after the school closed in 2007.
The 23 allotments have now matured after three years of growing and I always stop to peer through the fence when I pass and see what is growing on the plots and admire the neat rows of sheds and vegetables.
In September the allotment members have an annual show where they showcase their produce, celebrate their achievement and compete for the best vegetables.