THE FUTURE FOR ALLOTMENTS
114. Allotments are characterised by some as an anachronism,
a relic of a bygone era. However, we believe that the benefits
allotment sites provide to both allotment holders and the general
public mean that they have a critical role in modern, urban life.
These benefits include exercise, the supply of affordable fresh
vegetables, increased biodiversity, 'green space', and the potential
for educational and therapeutic benefits for some sections of
115. The number of plots has been diminishing since
the Second World War and has halved in the last thirty years.
Sites are being lost to development and moves to increase urban
housing densities are likely to place further pressure on the
remaining allotment sites. Many submissions noted that local authorities
are failing to stimulate demand for allotments and this is contributing
to the erosion of sites. Without action by national Government,
local authorities and plot-holders themselves, there is reason
to believe that allotment sites will continue to be lost.
116. Our recommendations include changes in legislation,
policy and practice. We consider that the force of these measures
will be lost if a piecemeal approach is adopted to their implementation.
Only if the recommendations are introduced as a package will the
Future for Allotments be assured.