PRESTEIGNE and Norton allotments were officially opened in March 2010 and it was always part of the original vision that there would be a communal space where plot holders could meet up for a neighbourly chat, share a cuppa and swap tips for growing and also to provide an information point and library of magazines and books on the subject of organic vegetable production.

One of the original allotment group ,members and current treasurer Lin Scrannage said: "We have been fundraising for four years with raffles, quizzes and produce sales and finally we have raised enough money to purchase a good quality wooden shed that will also give those people who don't have their own shed on site some shelter from sum or rain".

The shed has been furnished with chairs from the community furniture barn in town or kindly donated via Freegle. No tools will be kept in the shed it will be a communal space for plot holders to enjoy.

The group had planned for Jim Bell one of the instigators behind the allotments to do the official opening of the shed but Jim is in Cottage View residential home in Knighton and was taken ill recently.

The official opening was done instead by two of the original group who got the allotments started in Presteigne Lin Scrannage and Margaret Galliers chairman of the allotments association watched by members of the original group Sue Robinson and Gilly Johnson, allotment holders and supporters.