An allotment site with over 300 plots is set to expand to make the most of unused land.

Land near the Callowland Allotments site has been fallow for several years, but Watford Borough Council is undertaking work to bring the land back into cultivation for those wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Veolia, the council’s waste and recycling partner, will have the land cleared and surveyed and works will take place from December 15 to 21.

There will also be a temporary closure of footpath running through the site for public safety during this period.

Currently there are waiting lists exceeding 100,000 reported across the UK and few areas having vacant plots, including Callowland.

However, as part of its Allotments Strategy (2020-25), the council says it is committed to ensuring that allotments remain available to communities for years to come.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “More and more people want to grow their own vegetables but sites are becoming increasingly difficult to come by.  I’m glad the council have been able to find additional land in Callowland, especially as people are so eager to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

“There is growing interest in community grown food and allotments have an important role in providing space for groups to grow their own produce. Thank you to North Watford Allotment & Garden Society and Callowland Allotment & Garden Association for their support.”