MORE than a dozen new allotments created as part of the Sowerby Sports Village development have already proved a big hit with residents.

Eighteen plots have been created as part of the Hambleton District Council development – and handed over to the local parish council to manage.

They are the first parish managed allotments in the community and come with a shed and water collection point – mains water is available from a central point and they are enclosed by a windproof perimeter fence.

Leader of Hambleton District Council Councillor Mark Robson – who is also Chairman of Sowerby Parish Council – said all the allotments were allocated very quickly and there is now a long waiting list for plots.

He said: “These allotments have been really well received and we have a waiting list of 26 that grows every day.

“The area has become a real hive of activity through this lockdown period and we can see the start of a community hub there.

"These are the first parish allotments and they have all gone to Sowerby residents – growing your own produce has become very popular once more so we are delighted we are able to provide them.”

As well as the allotments, the Sports Village boasts wildlife corridors and landscaping work to encourage biodiversity.