Wycombe District Council have agreed to fund a proposed new allotment at a site in Castlefield Wood which would provide 25 new plots for residents.
The council submitted a felling licence application to the Forestry Commission last week to remove trees and cultivate the site. New trees are to be planted in an equivalent open area near Desborough Castle and Booker Recreation Ground.
The project, which the Cabinet have agreed to fund, was put forward by the High Wycombe Town Committee. It is hoped the allotments could open in January 2017.
Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Cllr Julia Adey said: ‘I am delighted that we will be able to provide new allotment plots within High Wycombe town, where there is a pressing need for a new allotment site.‘
A feasibility study was requested to be undertaken on two new potential allotment sites in Castlefield and Desborough by the High Wycombe Town Committee in 2014.
The site within Castlefield Wood, which was planted with hazel coppice when it ceased to be an allotment, was the preferred option after passing a soil test.
The current area in the wood is leased to the Chiltern Rangers and the council will need to seek an amendment to the lease and access rights to the new allotment site.