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Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

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Demand for Land in Mendip

Allotment provision and demand for land in Mendip District

Demand for allotment plots is growing nationally. Mendip has both waiting lists and latent or “hidden” demand reflecting changing lifestyle priorities. People cite health considerations, improving diet, rising food prices, the superior taste, quality and freshness of home grown food, community building, environmental concerns and the therapeutic benefits of being active outside as reasons for needing access to land to grow food on. In recent years these factors have given allotment-gardening an increasingly wide appeal. With the addition of young growers, being trained now at many children’s centres, primary and secondary schools across the district, demand for land to grow food on is showing no signs of diminishing.

  • People want to be able to walk to a plot with adequate access and facilities for the range of users
  • Latent demand exists. Many do not appear on any waiting list because: they don’t know how plots are allocated, are not yet skilled growers, are disabled, feel it’s pointless to join long lists
  • Demand may also be masked as a result of sub dividing plots into halves, quarters or less

Allotments could be a vehicle for delivering on the health, social and economic agendas for communities promoting community cohesion, education, health and the environment.

However, the results of a recent survey in which 54 out of 60 parish councils in Mendip took part, suggest access to land is a barrier to people’s ability to get on and grow their own food:

Survey results

  • More than 250 people are looking for land. Latent demand suggests this number should be doubled.
  • 18 parishes have allotment provision, most of which have waiting lists totalling 206.
  • 12 parishes have no current provision but 53 people have approached their parish councils
  • 24 parishes have no provision & no demand as they are too small, too rural or have adequate gardens
  • A further 53 people are looking for land in Leigh on Mendip, Binegar, Butleigh, Chilcompton, Ditcheat, Doulting, Kilmersdon, Meare, Mells, Westbury Sub Mendip, Wookey and Whatley.
  • The law says if 6 people petition, parish councils are obliged to consider the provision of land.

 

Location

Hectarage

 Pop

Waiting

Street

3.33

11,926

17

Glastonbury

2.61

9,286

2

Frome

1.43

24,510

90

Wells

1.20

10,406

61

Shepton Mallet

0.88

10,243

22

St Cuthbert Out Parish

0.53

3459

Plots available

Norton St Phillip Parish

0.42

848

Plots available

Evercreech Parish

0.35

2211

3

Baltonsborough Parish

0.29

873

2

Pilton Parish

0.29

935

0

Coleford Parish

0.14

2350

5

Batcombe Parish

0.11

379

1

Croscombe Parish

0.06

606

3

Hemington

awaiting data

643

New site

Sharpham Parish

awaiting data

105

Not in use

Stoke St Michael Parish

awaiting data

912

Awaiting data

Walton Parish

awaiting data

1191

New site

Wanstrow

awaiting data

446

Private site

 

Who is providing allotments in Mendip?

While the statutory duty for providing allotments rests with parish councils, they are not the only provider in Mendip. Land used for allotments is owned both by public and private landowners, large and small including Michael Eavis, Clarks, Wessex Water, the Diocese of Bath and Wells, the Duchy, Mendip District Council and the Ammerdown Estate. Often the lease for the land will be held by the parish council and then each plot holder has an annual rolling lease with the parish council. Modern day allotment sites are self-managed by devolved allotment associations.

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