Tuesday, August 14, 2007

National Allotments Week

a view of allotmentsYes folks, this week [August 13th - 19th 2007] is National Allotments Week. Although there’s not much to celebrate if you are a plot holder in Redbridge, Guildford, Stratford………. See also.

Here’s what they say:

A week to promote the awareness and availability of allotments both locally and nationally and to show the public and the local authorities the strength of support and interest for the heritage of allotment culture.

And get this…..

National Allotment Gardens Trust wishes to encourage as many gardeners to support the initiative as possible, and to promote the social benefits of allotment gardening, which include benefits to health, education and community well-being. The initiative is also designed to highlight the benefits of allotment gardening / culture to councils across the United Kingdom who are at present not providing / not presently able to provide, this invaluable community resource.

So, there are some Councils “not presently able to provide” and there are others who have strategies to achieve that position. Just thought I’d heap a bit more shame on our Council [and others]. If “price” and “value” were the same we would not need two different words!

If you have not already signed there is a petition, click here.
And you may wish to support our friends over in Guildford, their petition is here.


  1. In Redbridge? Must be sick joke of the month!

  2. I read that there is a legal obligation to provide an allotment per every ?00 Borough inhabitants, would that take precedence over the Govt's and Mayor's target for increased dwellings?

  3. Maybe, Judith. But are they required to provide "quality" allotments close to where people will take advantage of them?

  4. According to the Telegraph:

    "Local authorities are under growing pressure to ensure they meet statutory obligations to provide 15 allotments per 1,000 households. Strict rules also mean that no more than six people are allowed to be waiting for a plot at any one time."


  5. I was in the queue at a well known supermarket this morning when I noticed that a fairly elderly customer had purchased a small plastic wrapped package of runner beans at a cost of £1.29, in the words of Victor Meldrew I "could not believe it". The beans were limp and dry, a dreadful sight.
    I went to my allotment yesterday evening and picked double the quantity contained within the supermarket package in less than five minutes - and they were deliceous. Take note Councillors Weinberg and Barden and even Ted Griffin who still wants to sell off the two allotment sites in Area 3; forget Forest Farm, leave it as it is and let the volunteers carry on with their vastly important good work.

  6. Just for a moment, dgs, I thought you were going to tell us that you took a couple of pounds of your superb beans and gave them to the elderly person!

  7. Had I had the opportunity MH I would have gladly given some fresh beans to the elderly customer at the supermarket - I could even give you some, or maybe I could invite you to come and 'pick your own'. Bring your own wellies.

  8. Dear B21 - Writing a Letter to The Editor of your local Paper!
    May I indicate that some Papers take these letters more seriously than others, even though all three say they are concerned with the sell-off of Allotments in Redbridge.
    This, B21 - is my complete LTE which appeared the following week locally (As a Feature on Page 14):
    "Allotment week was not one of celebrations here"
    Last week was Allotment Gardening Week and I thought your readers might be interested to know that I shall be attending the 'Dig For Victory' replica allotment site set up in St. James's Park, London.
    However, I shall attend with some sadness. Not necessarily for the war years and the miseries of those times, but more for the loss of that comradeship, where everyone recognized a common cause and got together for the good of the entire community.
    My sadness has to be for Redbridge Council, for they seem not to be able to recognize that such public need for allotments, fresh food and comradeship, is still prevalent among the population of Redbridge.
    It seems that although the people of Redbridge see the great need for allotments, and the Government Health Department also recognizes that this need greatly benefits the peoples' health, Redbridge Council seem not to understand the folly of their rushed thinking to sell-off prime allotment land.
    Rushed? Yes. For the four allotment sites (and another which has gone for "review") are amongst the best available and have the greatest take-up of allotment plots in the Borough of Redbridge, yet the Council shows D-Day determination to pace forward with concrete and steel across these sceptred allotment lands.
    B21! I wonder if the Council Read the Local Guardian newspaper?
    Richard Cooper, (for Redbridge allotment holders).