GREEN-fingered residents can hire raised allotment plots at two of Worcester’s popular allotment sites.

The inspiration for the idea came from a woman named Christine Baker, who rented a plot at the Timberdine Avenue Allotment site, but had to relinquish the tenancy three years ago as her movement became more restricted.

Worcester City Council has created four raised beds at the Timberdine Avenue Allotments and installed onsite toilet facilities. It has also created a further four raised beds on a second allotment site in Foxwell Street.

The work cost approximately £10,000 and has been paid for from Section 106 funding – money which developers pay to councils to create new community facilities.

Warwick Neale, community engagement team manager at Worcester City Council, said: “Having a space to grow your own produce and flowers brings great pleasure to people.

“We are delighted that these new facilities will now help more residents who are less able bodied to enjoy gardening and all the health benefits it brings.”

Ms Baker has now leased one of the raised beds from the Worcester City Council and was pleased that the site gate had been fitted with a push button number entry device, as her arthritis had made using the previous padlocks difficult.

Seven raised beds are now available for hire across the two sites.

Each one costs £12 per annum to rent (concessionary discounts are also available).

For more information on these and other available allotments in Worcester, visit or call 01905 722233.