many as 100,000 people in England are waiting to get
hold of an allotment in order to grow their own
vegetables, claim weekend press reports.
However, demand for urban plots far outstrips supply,
with many local councils lacking the resources to
provide land for new allotments.
?There are many pressures on their budgets but a lot of
people are on waiting lists and it would be of great
benefit to these people to be able to grow their own
food and enjoy the calming atmosphere of an allotment,?
Neil Dixon, chairman of the National Allotment Gardens
Trust, is quoted as saying by the Sunday Telegraph.
He added: ?Councils need to do more. There are many
examples of them forming partnerships with local
landowners and finding other innovative ways of
providing allotments. Some farms are finding that there
is a balance between profit and the environment by
turning over land for locals to grow their own food.?