A community has come together to salvage flood-devastated allotments.

Fifty gardeners and residents pulled on their wellies to help the 100 members of Mirfield’s Lowlands site, whose plots almost vanished after flood waters of up to over five feet struck on Boxing Day.

The volunteers piled up ruined materials, tools and other items which were washed up high to help clear the site and try return some sort of normality.

Sludge and silt was also cleaned off some remains of greenhouses, sheds and plots now that the waters from the nearby River Calder have receded.

Alan Wilkinson, who chairs the Mirfield Allotments and Gardens Society who has a plot in the centre of Lowlands, admitted he did not expect such a large turnout after he posted on several Facebook community and flood pages, such as Mirfield Community Volunteers, for help.

He said: “The volunteer support was absolutely fabulous.

“I just want to say a very big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who came down.

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“Thirty people came from community group Kumon Y’all, as did lots of members of the society and local people who just wanted to help.

“It’s not back to normal but the debris that flooded onto the allotments has been cleared.”

He described what happened on Boxing Day.

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“We couldn’t even get down to the allotments because all the routes to it were cut off by the water.

“It reached over five feet in some areas like on my plot and the following day when I was able to visit some were still two foot under water.

“It was upsetting but it could have been so much worse if our houses and businesses had flooded.

“Greenhouses have been destroyed and our sheds are soggy but they’ll dry out.

“It’s the fourth time this has happened since 2008 but this has been the worst.”

Alan is hopeful that gardeners will be back in their plots in Spring.

“People will be able to start planting again but I think it will be February or March before that happens.

“Last time we got flooded surprisingly people got a very good crop, so we’ll see what happens.”

People wanting to help flood victims should look on the Mirfield Community Volunteers group on Facebook.