Medway’s latest green gurus are benefitting from the waste from gardens across the county.

The gardeners on the new allotment at Hempstead have received the green-fingered boost thanks to Medway’s waste and recycling efforts.

Medway Council’s contractor, Waste Recycling Group, has agreed to help the new site by giving more than 6 tonnes of quality compost made from garden waste from residents living across Kent.

The new 150-plot site, off Hempstead Road, Gillingham, was created by Medway Council’s capital funding programme. It is one of 28 allotment sites provided by the authority throughout Medway. In the last five years the council has invested £405,000 on allotments, increasing the quality of existing sites and creating new ones.

There has been great local interest in the new site with potential allotmenteers on the waiting list to take up the remaining plots. A recent meeting at the Hempstead Valley Communal Hall was attended by 90 keen gardeners. They were given a lecture on soil structure and allotment gardening by Malcolm Withnall from Hadlow College