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21-02-2009

Allotments

Even the "Today" programme and National Trust got in on the allotment act this week. Audrey Miller, who's been encouraging Stirrer readers to clamber aboard the bandwagon, says there's never been a better time.

Birmingham is leading the way and it seems has more of a very scarcest resource that other parts of the country! Not often you hear that in the local press.

But there are over 1,000 vacant allotment plots available in the city (see link here)

The National Trust this week announced it is offering a thousand plots across the country, such is the huge national demand to grow our vegetables.

On the TV news I was please to see an ancient walled garden of a Trust property being put to good use. A range of plots from mere table top size mini vegatble gardens to the more conventional gardens with mixture of fruit and vegetables all being grown. Beginners being encouraged to start with small units and expand gradually as they gain experience.

This brings me back to my point that Birmingham plots are generally large and can be daunting to the new grower. In my last blog I advocated a mentoring scheme a sharing of plots and skills. which is why I am pleased to say that I have now found two new friends who have begun to share our allotment.

This means they will have reasonable sized patch and not have to stay on the waiting list for another year. Some areas of the city seem to have long waiting lists whilst others have lots of vacancies.

Never has there been a better case for just sharing these supper sized allotments and breaking them down into more reasonable size units.

Is it too much to ask when will the councils who are in charge of allotments come around to seeing this simple truth and apply some common sense? For once it will not have huge budget implications and has clear benefits for the health and well being of those who want to grow their own food.

Not to mention the reduced carbon footprint of citizens, which politicians claim to be a primary concern.

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