Despite running for only a little over a year the team at Hemlington Linx were recognised at the eighth annual North East Young People’s Awards held earlier this year at the Baltic Centre in Newcastle.
The allotment was created by the young people from the Monday and Wednesday evening youth clubs at Hemlington Linx on Cass House Road.
John Burns, senior youth worker at Linx, said: “The first couple of weeks was predominantly weeding, grass cutting, composting and tools and resource maintenance.
“Tended to on a constant basis by Linx’s staff, young people and volunteers, the allotment really is one of our most successful projects.”
Sara Mirsalehi, Operational Manager at Linx, said: “This was a great opportunity for our Young People and get them engaged in social action projects, learn about horticulture and self-sustainability. Staff, young people and the community all helped to get the allotment ready for seeding, planting and growing.”
Professional guidance has been given to the young growers by the One Planet Pioneers project run by Middlesbrough Environment City who also donated and installed a pollinator habitat box as part of the allotment’s launch event.
The growers have had one early success by supplying produce for a one-off event at a local restaurant in Middlesbrough.