There is significant unmet demand for allotments in the UK. In Reading the Tilehurst Allotments are under threat.
Transition Towns did a survey of allotment waiting lists in England earlier this year, and you can access figures for any principal local council with allotments on our database .
Theres an Early Day Motion (EDM 687) for debate stating "That this House welcomes the big increase in home-grown vegetables, with seed sales up 14 per cent last year; is pleased that the number of people wanting an allotment has increased by 20 per cent in the past 12 months; is concerned that according to the National Society for Allotment and Leisure Gardeners there are 100,000 people on waiting lists for an allotment; and calls on the Government, local authorities, other public bodies and private landlords to make land available for new allotments." To-date 28 MPs have signed the Motion.
Check if your MP has signed the motion here.
The picture of allotments near my home in Reading.
Transition Towns have an open meeting tomorrow (the 20th of Sept) at 7.30 pm at RISC
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