The Pumpkin Patch is a community allotment project within the New Bolsover Model Village Regeneration Project. Two allotments have been given rent free by Old Bolsover Town Council, for the forseeable future. The request for a community allotment came from a community consultation, conducted by CVP in 2014.
The local community contributed to the start-up of the asset by donating their time, their skills, their advice, their equipment and their plants. The project has received financial support from NDVA and the Bolsover Civic Society. Robert Woodhead Ltd and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company have also provided support to the project.
The Pumpkin Patch provides a safe place for members of the community and for volunteers to learn, to increase their skills and confidence, to plant and grow produce, to play and socialise. As a result of volunteering, two unemployed volunteers were motivated and supported to register on the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to gain a CSCS Card which allows them access to work on a construction site.
For more information about The Pumpkin Patch, please see this Fact Sheet about the history of the allotments, which has been provided by Wendy Stevenson, one of the senior volunteers.