THE search for volunteers to work on community allotments throughout Sedgfield borough has been stepped up.

Since the first Passport to Health community allotment was opened in July 2002, people from various backgrounds, ages and ability have joined forces to try allotment gardening.

The allotments are now open in four communities - Trimdon, Fishburn, Ferryhill and Shildon - and two are due to be opened soon in Chilton and Spennymoor.

Stephen Armstrong, of Groundwork East Durham, said: "The community allotments are for use by anyone from the local communities, no experience of gardening is needed, just a wish to grow your own vegetables, get out into the fresh air and meet new people."

Volunteers at the existing community allotments have also worked as committee members on Fishburn in Bloom and studied organic gardening with Houghall College. Anyone interested in volunteering at any of the community allotments should contact Mr Armstrong on (0191)527 3333.