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Community Allotment Cornerstone Project Helps to Grow With Freebridge!


Pictured are Mandy McShane, Tenancy Advisor (Freebridge), Phil and Caz McIntosh (Cornerstone Project) and Paul Girling, Property Surveyor (Freebridge)

Pictured are Mandy McShane, Tenancy Advisor (Freebridge), Phil and Caz McIntosh (Cornerstone Project) and Paul Girling, Property Surveyor (Freebridge)

Freebridge Community Housing is working in partnership with the Cornerstone Project in Hunstanton to bring to life a Community Allotment.

Having researched possible partners to manage the allotment, Freebridge chose the Cornerstone Project, run by Phil and Caz McIntosh, as being the perfect organisation. They offer help to anyone willing to help themselves and currently run a free breakfast drop-in for those who struggle with drug and alcohol problems, as well as the homeless. Alongside this they offer both a food and clothing bank for local people in genuine need. The allotment is going to be a key part of the work that the Cornerstone Project do in helping people rebuild their lives.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge commented: “We are always keen to do what we can to work with the community and bring to life projects that will not only benefit our tenants but neighbouring residents too. It’s great to know that the piece of land at Willow Road has been put to such good use. The project is a fantastic example of people working together, and supports our vision of A Better West Norfolk. I am really looking forward to trying the things that are grown there next summer!”

Phil McIntosh of the Cornerstone Project commented further: "We had always planned to help teach people how to become more self-sufficient by growing fruit and vegetables on an allotment. At the Cornerstone site we had a small area for parking that we were going to build raised beds for growing vegetables. Then we were approached by Freebridge, who offered us a plot of land nearby to Cornerstone and suddenly we had over four times the size of our car park!

We are really grateful to Freebridge for stepping in and helping us to help others. It has been a pleasure getting to know those involved from Freebridge, and we hope to deepen the partnership as the project progresses."

The land, which was unsuitable to build on, was identified on one of the community associations Out and Abouts. The Out and About programme allows Freebridge employees to meet tenants in their own homes, carry out minor repairs, listen to any concerns or queries people may have, and make sure that contact details are up to date.