On Me Shed Son

On Me Shed Son
On Me Shed Son

Story: Brent Moya

In light of the recent vandalism caused to allotments in and around Burngreave, it makes a refreshing change to see the community fighting back.

Kevin Cooper of Fir Vale is one of those people. After having his Wincobank allotment damaged by vandals last year, he has moved heaven and earth to regenerate it, building a state of the art greenhouse in the process.

In September last year, Mr Cooper’s plot was raided by vandals who stole equipment and caused damage to his shed.

“What upset us most is that we share our produce (vegetables) with the local community,”

I was invited to open the new shed by Mr Cooper who was kind enough to lay on refreshments; he outlined the importance of the project:

“I haven’t just re-built this for myself; this is for everyone who has suffered as a result of vandalism. I will not just lie down and let these things happen without a fight.”

Kevin, who has lived locally his whole life, says his allotment holds sentimental value.

“I’ve dedicated this place to my late parents who meant everything to me.”

The allotment, which is also looked after by Barry Ashmoore and Long Shanks, boasts a fine selection of vegetables such as onions, broad beans and leaks. Add to this the fantastic view across the city and it comes as no surprise that Kevin spends much of his free time there:

“I always come up here; it gives me time to think and reflect.”

Kevin Cooper would also like to thank Charlie Morgan for building his greenhouse.

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