New gate will help to keep plots safe

An association received funding support from a Berwick county councillor for the recent replacement of its steel gate to help secure a set of allotments in the town.

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 6:30 pm
From left, Lions House Allotments Association trustee Bronwen Perry, Craig Nisbet and Coun Catherine Seymour.
From left, Lions House Allotments Association trustee Bronwen Perry, Craig Nisbet and Coun Catherine Seymour.

The Lions House plots are located by the historic ramparts and they include sea views. They provide a focal point of interest for many locals and visitors who walk the walls of Berwick.

The site is one of only two in the UK nominated by The National Allotment Society for the International Good Sites Guide and the Lions House Allotments Association, which is a registered charity, has more than 50 allotment holders.

Trustee Angus Hamilton said: “We are very grateful to Berwick North councillor Catherine Seymour for her prompt support by agreeing to provide the grant funding from her Discretionary Fund for this fine new gate, of which we are justly proud.

“Local contractor Fabvent won the tender to design and install the new gate that now fully secures our site with its built-in combination locking system.

"Masterminded by Fabvent’s Craig Nisbet, many of our members have already expressed their pleasure and satisfaction with the finished product, which is in keeping with its prominent location on a busy pedestrian route to Berwick’s Elizabethan walls walkway.”

Fabvent specialises in all types of metal fabrication, welding, ductwork, art metal work and metal repairs.

Mr Nisbet said: “Incorporating a self-locking mechanism with a combination coded lock, the new gate provides security of access for allotment holders.

“The design brief was followed to produce a barrier that would be robust, but in keeping with the metalwork on the historic town walls nearby. The gate was fabricated from mild steel, galvanised and then painted black for weatherproofing and longevity.”

Coun Seymour said: “I was happy to support the Lions House Allotments Association to fund the replacement of its steel gate to secure this set of allotments in the town.

“Its enthusiastic members spend many hours growing and keeping grounds well-tended for healthy organic fruit, vegetables and flowers.”