Legal Protection For Allotments At Risk

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04 May 2011

I am dismayed to hear the news that the Government is putting the future of allotments at risk by threatening to abolish legal protection for local growers.

Councils are currently required by law to provide allotments where there is a local demand. The Government, however, is reviewing the duty for councils to provide allotments.

The duty to provide allotments has existed for over 100 years and is set out in the Small Holdings and Allotments Act (1908). The National Society for Allotments and Leisure Gardeners which represents local allotment groups has expressed concerns that the review could see this protection scrapped. The consultation closed on 25 April, so it is now up to the Communities Secretary to decide the future for allotments.

Allotments have become increasingly popular in recent years with rising food prices and more people turning their hand to growing food.  They are also a great way to bring people together and help the local community. I will support local allotment groups and fight any moves to weaken legal protection for local growers.