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Allotments which it was feared could be lost as part of Birmingham City Council's post-Commonwealth games masterplan for Perry Barr, have been saved from the bulldozers.

Campaigners have been fighting to save the much-loved site with thousands signing a petition to protect the green oasis which has been there since 1902.

They had previously been assured the allotments were not in danger.

People who use the allotments conducted a big campaign to keep them open Credit: ITV Central
Allotment goers are delighted at the news Credit: ITV Central

Previously Birmingham City Council had confirmed a masterplan for the entire Alexander Stadium was being developed for after the Games, which may have involved land occupied by the Walsall road allotments.

But today (Thursday 11th) representatives from the council attended the site to give gardeners the good news that the site will remain.

Robert the allotment cat has been tweeting daily Credit: @Allotmentcat

Robert, one of the cats who lives at the allotment has played a big part in the campaign too.

He has 9000 followers on his Twitter account and has been updating it daily with details of how the journey to save his home was going.

"I'm delighted to reassure Robert the cat and his friends that the Walsall Road Allotments will be protected.

Cllr Ian Ward -Leader of Birmingham City Council
Robert the 'allotment cat' has led a successful twitter campaign with the help of his human Credit: @allotmentcat