ALLOTMENT holders at Lockwood will not fall behind on local news - thanks to cash from the Environmental Alliance.

Lockwood Church allotments, Lockwood Scar, have been given European Regional Development Fund cash for a noticeboard by Environmental Alliance, which works with voluntary groups to improve green spaces.

A white board for messages was also donated by Huddersfield firm G and D Enterprises, which fitted the noticeboard.

The board is the first in a series of planned improvements at the allotments, which have suffered from years of neglect.

The next project planned for the site is work to clear space for four more allotment plots.

Helen Stuffins, a member of the allotment group, said: "There is a lot of work to be done. Diggers have already started to remove rubbish and grade the land.

"We are very grateful for the new sign. It will enable us to communicate more fully with members and generate enthusiasm among plot holders to form an association and apply for further improvements."

Clare Christian, volunteer co-ordinator for Environmental Alliance, said: "There are more than 100 allotment sites under Kirklees Council management and many of them suffer from under-use and become derelict.

"I hope our support will encourage people back to allotment gardening and highlight the benefits, such as improving fitness and relieving stress."

Environmental Alliance, which is a non-profit company based in Huddersfield, is also organising a £260,000 scheme to develop access to the river running through Slaithwaite, Milnsbridge, Longwood, Paddock and Lockwood by improving footpaths and greenways.

The project is being supported by the Lottery Fund.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help the Alliance's projects should contact Clare Christian on 01484 533422.