Prospect Shopping Centre is proud to announce that it has been nominated for the prestige Pride of East Yorkshire Awards under the Business in the Community category. The Centre has been shortlisted for our efforts to help pioneer the city of Hull’s first rooftop allotment. The project, which aims to bring the community together while encouraging others to think about food from field to fork, has come on leaps and bounds since we first launched the initiative.
The Centre has long been committed to pioneering environmental schemes and have even won awards in the past for our eco-friendly enterprise. We have been told it was the rooftop allotment and the Centre’s charity efforts that earned us a nomination in the pride awards and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Lee Appleton, centre manager, said: “I didn’t even know we had been nominated for the Business in the Community award, so when we received the letter to confirm we had been shortlisted, it was a very nice surprise.
“The whole team at Prospect Shopping Centre have all worked really hard to establish ourselves as one of Hull’s most community-focused shopping centres. I’m proud that we have been able to pioneer the city’s first rooftop allotment, generating a space where the community can work together to create a more sustainable environment.
“I wanted to give people the opportunity to feel a sense of pride and achievement when their crops flourish and also to encourage people to think about how food is produced from field to fork. Buying locally grown produce has never been more important and I am hoping that the allotment will mean we can provide some of our food outlets with fresh, tasty and seasonal vegetables.”
On Tuesday, the Hull Daily Mail visited the allotment to shoot a video for the Pride Awards and we were joined by volunteers from EMS. Despite the rain, we didn’t let the weather dampen spirits as we set to work harvesting crops, including carrots, cauliflowers and tomatoes, which we then delivered to Hull Homeless Outreach.