Terry Greville has been nurturing the Holyhead Road allotments and watching them grow for the past 50 years.
And this week he was thanked for his efforts by the City Council and other allotment holders.
Terry first came to Coventry from his native Ireland in 1960 and was keen to grow his own fruit and veg.
After a few years, he moved to the Holyhead Road site to take up an allotment, and has never looked back.
For years now, he has been the key holder and the person everyone goes to whenever they need anything. He helps new allotment holders with advice and equipment and he has helped set up the community garden area on the site.
This week he was visited by Council Leader George Duggins, Councillor Seamus Walsh and some of his friends from the site so they could hand over some gifts and mementos and thank him for everything he has done.
Terry said: “I love the allotments and I’m down here most days. We have a great little community here and everyone helps each other and I’ve made some very good friends over the years.
“The Council has been very good to us and it’s great that they help with allotments and give people the chance to get out, grow their own and enjoy the fresh air.
“Having an allotment is a great way of life – I’d recommend it to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good gardener, you can learn along the way.”
Cllr Walsh, who used to have an allotment on the site, said: “Terry is a wonderful friend to everyone who has an allotment here – he’s always ready to help and give advice and nothing is too much trouble.
“The Holyhead Road allotments are beautiful and a real asset to the city and they wouldn’t be the place they are without him. Everyone on the site thinks very highly of him and they wanted to have a presentation to show him how they feel.”
And Cllr Duggins added: “As a Council we believe very strongly in making allotments available and giving people the opportunity to grow their own and enjoy some healthy eating and exercise. People like Terry are invaluable as they are great community champions and they give up their time to help others.”
Coventry has allotment sites that are rented to residents of the city, costing £15 to £35 a year, depending on location and facilities
Gus Dutt, one of the allotment holders, said: “Having an allotment is so good for your health, no matter what age you are. It is great exercise and very rewarding as well as you see your work grow into wonderful fruit and veg for your family.”
If you would like to apply for one of the vacant plots, or wish to go on the waiting list for other sites, please contact Mrs Smith: 024 7627 4553