Kent Police distribute proceeds of crime to support allotment project

Pam Mills

A COMMUNITY allotment in Tonbridge has received a donation of £400 from Kent Police to support a project run by the Listening Ear.

The initiative, which is backed by local Police Community Support Officers [PCSOs], helps vulnerable residents with their general wellbeing.

The donation came from the Kent Police Property Fund, which distributes money raised from the sale of unclaimed lost property, or items seized during police operations, to communities across the county.

Money generated by the fund is distributed to local groups which provide a service.

The allotment in Waveney Road is overseen by the Trench Community Partnership, which is made up of a number of agencies, including Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Kent Police.

The funds will be used to help buy seeds, shrubs, and plants so that keen gardeners can continue to grow fruit and vegetables all year round. The money will also provide a membrane to prepare the allotment for next year.

PCSO Linda Baker said: “The Listening Ear remains an important local resource which aims to help people who may feel isolated or anxious.

“Visitors to the community allotment are not only learning how to grow their own produce, but more importantly are developing the confidence to come out and meet other people.”

If you are interested in taking part in the community allotment project, email PCSO Baker at

PICTURE: A LOT OF HELP: (L-R) Trench Community Partnership members Yasmin Hosken, Pauline Plummer and (far right) Marilyn Smith with PCSO Linda Baker at the allotment

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