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Demand grows for allotment plots
Council bosses on Teesside are struggling to cope with demand for new allotment plots.

Middlesbrough Council has received so many requests from amateur market gardeners that it is "recycling" previously derelict plots.

Ten plots at the Beechwood allotment site are being brought back into use and work is starting soon on 10 more.

The council says it is working to restore some allotment sites that have not been used for more than 10 years.

Bob Kerr, the council's executive member for the environment, said: "Some of this land had not been cultivated for more than 10 years, so it was overgrown with weeds and brambles.

"Allotments are a source of great pride and pleasure to a lot of people and provide one of the cheapest and most enjoyable ways of keeping fit."


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