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'Heritage gem' gets 2.5m revamp
St Ann's allotments
The allotments were created as gardens for wealthy families
One of the oldest set of allotments in the UK has secured a 2.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The money will be used to preserve and restore the St Ann's allotments in Nottingham, which date back to 1830.

Work will be carried out to protect historic features of the allotments, which include one of Britain's few Grade II listed garden sheds.

The site was told in 2005 it could get just under 2m but the HLF has confirmed this will rise to 2.5m.

The allotments were created as gardens for wealthy families and used as retreats before Nottingham expanded.

'Heritage gem'

They are now located within one of the most deprived areas of Nottingham and represent a rare green space in an area of high density inner city housing.

In recent years, the allotments have been blighted by vandalism and fly-tipping and many of the historical structures have been damaged.

The grant will also fund research into the social history of the area and residents are being asked to come forward with stories and photographs of the gardens.

Emma Sayer, HLF's manager in the East Midlands said: "St Ann's Allotments are a much loved and unique heritage gem in the heart of Nottingham.

"This funding will vastly improve the gardens and offer them a secure future for generations to come."

About 500 of the 677 plots are still being used, covering an area of 32 hectares.

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