Trophy pride for young gardener

Carol Andrew with her grand-daughter Kyra Dempster.
Carol Andrew with her grand-daughter Kyra Dempster.

The chairman of a Bedford allotment association is celebrating after her grand-daughter won a youth trophy at their open day.

Carol Andrew of the Mile Road Allotment and Leisure Gardners Association, which is also a registered charity, manages the site through a tenants committee.

Her five-year-old grand-daughter Kyra Dempster, from Wixams, was victorious in the under 16s category for her overall efforts including producing a tray of home-grown vegetables.

Carol said: “I’m very proud of her. She’s been coming with me to the allotment since she’s been able to walk. She knows everyone here and she loves helping out and talking to everyone. She even helps in the allotment shop weighing up onions. She was very happy to have won - she even took the trophy to school!”

The allotments have gone from strength-to-strength since they were threatened with commercial and residential developments in 2008 and have seen occupancy rates rise by nearly two thirds to just under the capacity of 305.

Carol said: “I’ve had my allotment for ten years. It’s great for fitness and general well-being - it’s a good community here and people can come here for a chat. It’s a great escape from the troubles of the world and of course it’s very satisfying to grow your own fruit and vegetables.

“The land was designated for allotments after the war for families to grow their own fruit and veg - I hope Kyra continues to keep it up when she’s older.”

If you are interested in having an allotment at Mile Road contact wwwmralga.org