Communal plots reduce allotment waiting lists

An allotment Community-run groups report high demand and increasing interest in allotments

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Truro City Council has come up with a way of reducing its five-year allotment waiting list.

There are currently 137 people hoping for an allotment plot at Barrack Lane in Truro.

The city council has now developed a communal allotment scheme, allowing people to share the work and the crops.

People are being given the "opportunity to have a go and be involved for five years" while they wait for a plot.

On average 57 people are said to be waiting for every plot in the UK.

Council-run allotments, private sites and community run agriculture groups have all reported a high level of demand and increasing interest.

Sharing produce

Richard Budge, Parks Manager for Truro City Council, runs the Barrack Lane allotment site.

He was approached by local environmental group, Transition Truro, about the allotment waiting list and what could be done to reduce it.

Mr Budge said: "I came up with the idea of having a community allotment site whereby we could have people from the waiting list, of which we've now picked out 25, who now own an allotment garden in a communal form."

Mr Budge said that often people were unaware of the hard work involved in having an individual allotment plot but with the communal plot people can experience what it is like and learn from others.

John Lowe, chairman of Barrack Lane allotment group (BLAG), said that along with have a much larger area of land, the group share whatever they produce based on the amount of time they put in throughout the growing season.

BLAG member Kate Adams said: "I now prefer working on this community plot because I can learn how to do it and do it in the company of like-minded people."

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