SERIOUS MONDAY: DEVELOPERS NEED TO LEAVE SPACE FOR ALLOTMENTS

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At last !  It looks like action might finally be taken to help solve the drastic shortage of allotments in the UK.

ust 30 years ago, there were allotments all over the country where people grew their own fruit and veg and enjoyed home-grown produce for a good part of the year.

But over the past three decades, around 200,000 have been lost as land has been gobbled up for new developments.

According to the Local Government Association (LGA), allotment space totalling over 11 square miles has been lost and with a huge upsurge in demand by people keen to grow their own, demand now far overstrips supply in many areas.

The LGA says many environmentally-aware people are now keen to grow their own organic food – leading to waiting lists of up to 10 years for an allotment in some parts of the country.

And it is calling on councils to make sure that in future, developers set aside much-needed space for allotments.

Councillor Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA’s environment board, said: “Having an allotment is no longer about flat caps and thermos flasks.

“A whole generation of twenty-somethings and young families are rolling up their sleeves and picking up a trowel.”

He said many inner-city areas cannot currently cope with the rise in popularity of  allotments and urgent action is needed to meet demand.

“Green spaces are the lungs of big cities and places where people can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle,” he says.

Having an allotment to tend gets you outdoors in the fresh air on a regular basis and provides good exercise. And of course, you get great satisfaction – and unbelievable flavour  from growing your own.

This grower makes it all look so easy – and the soundtrack is great too.

If you can’t get an allotment, you can still grow your own in a small patch of the garden – or even on the patio. Check out this video where potatoes are growing happily in  buckets.

And this is one of my personal favourites – a solution to a hilly plot where water is scarce and the animals are keen to eat your plants!

Susan

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2 Responses to “SERIOUS MONDAY: DEVELOPERS NEED TO LEAVE SPACE FOR ALLOTMENTS”


  1. 1 ian russell March 31, 2008 at 9:58 am

    >>> Councillor Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA’s environment board, said: “Having an allotment is no longer about flat caps and thermos flasks.

    “A whole generation of twenty-somethings and young families are rolling up their sleeves and picking up a trowel.”<<<

    Actually, this would concern me. I think it still should be about flat caps and thermos flasks. Having just picked up an allotment, talking to the steward he says that too many young ‘uns hand over their token rent with good intentions only to get bored with waiting for stuff to grow and fed up with the maintenance. Ten pounds isn’t a lot to turn your back on if it all seems like a bad idea after three months. I would imagine the waiting list comprises a lot of young faddists who get in and don’t make it work, while serious ‘cloth-cappies’ have to wait on the sidelines.

    You can’t charge much more than a tenner as that would make the whole enterprise uneconomical and insane. Therefore there is only one solution: make all new allotmenteers wear a flat cap and carry a thermos flask – and a threadbare tweed jacket with elbow patches, corduroy trousers with rubber knee protectors or a one-piece, one-size-fits-all,light blue boiler suit. That, I think, will separate the wheat from the chaff from day one.

  2. 2 Susan April 8, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Hi Ian

    I’ve enjoyed all your comments – obviously you’re pretty cynical about all the claims out there of things that will help the environment.

    (I must admit I’m a bit of a cynic too but I try not to let that influence my stories on greenweek. People can judge for themselves about many schemes/projects – which obviously you have done 🙂

    Glad to get feedback from readers – thank you 🙂
    (I’ll leave it to Aurelien to answer your other questions about the site itself – I know he has some plans for its future)

    Susan


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