If you asked any Liberal activist of the Edwardian era to list the great successes of the Liberal Government of 1906 s/he would have included the allotment legislation. The Liberal Party had long campaigned for access to the land and this legislation forced reluctant councils -like Birkdale - to make proper provision. News yesterday in the Sunday Independent that Pickles was actively considering dismantling this great Liberal achievement is I trust just twaddle.
In truth we could do with planning guidance as to the proper provision of allotment sites in new developments. So many apartments are being built with no access to land and modern houses often only come with just enough space to hang out your washing.