Monday, 14 September 2009

Can you dig it

Having championed allotments when they were out of fashion it is good to see so many people and organisations now rallying to the cause. The New Local Government Network is the latest with the publication today of their pamphlet: 'Can you dig it?-meeting the community demand for allotments'. You can download it for free here.

Essentially they argue that local authorities should manage their 'brown field' sites better making some into allotment as they await development. They also identify that landowners can contribute to meeting this demand and call upon the Government to offer tax incentives for landowners to allow allotments to be built on unused sections of their property. They go so far as to suggest that if a voluntary scheme isn't successful then the Government should consider a Large Private Estates Commission which could have the power to temporarily transfer unused plots of private land to the local community for agricultural use.