MAYOR Sheila Bentley carried out the opening of a communal hub at Skipton's Broughton Road allotments.

She was joined by Skipton North Yorkshire councillor Andy Solloway, who has supported the allotment association project with a grant, in front of around 20 plot holders, who also enjoyed refreshments while sheltering under gazebos, because of the rain.

The plot where the hub is was donated by Skipton Town Council while money also came from the former Craven District Council for sheds and a greenhouse, for use by members.

Deborah Hennessey, secretary of the Broughton Road Allotments Association, organised the work and activities. Jonathon Stafford, Susan and David Spencer completed the hard landscaping and building work with the U3A Allotment Group, clearing the plot and planting the garden and orchard.

In line with the town council's green credentials, use was made of re-cycled building materials.

A spokesperson said: "The association intends the new hub will enable social events, sharing of produce, seeds, and plants fostering a sense of community amongst members and across other organisations within Skipton."