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Demand for land in Sedgemoor

Allotment provision and demand for land in Sedgemoor District

Demand for allotment plots is growing nationally. Sedgemoor 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.

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 or 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 47 out of 51 parish councils in Sedgemoor took part, suggest that access to land is a barrier to people’s ability to get on and grow their own food.

Survey results: 21.7 hectares (53.6 acres) of allotments in Sedgemoor

  • 127 people are looking for land. Latent demand suggests this number should be doubled.
  • 19 parishes have allotment provision, 12 of which have waiting lists totalling 127.
  • 32 parishes have no provision & no demand as they are too small, too rural or have adequate gardens
  • 170 new plots have been created in the last 2-3 years on 3.6 hectares of privately owned land
  • The law says if 6 people petition, parish councils are obliged to consider the provision of land.

Location

Hectarage

Pop

Waiting list length

Axbridge

0.78

2025

5

Bridgwater

5.91

33,700

26

Burnham on Sea & Highbridge

1.56

18,922

38

Cannington

0.57

2381

9

Cheddar

3.17

5093

20

Chedzoy

0.54

429

3

Greinton

No data

71

Private site

Middlezoy

1.03

723

1 available

Nether Stowey

0.46

1313

8

North Petherton

1.48

5065

0

Puriton

1.0

2033

3

Shipham

0.15

1136

New members welcome

Spaxton

0.54

1014

5

Stawell

No data

365

Private site

Wedmore

1.31

3145

0

Wembdon

0.77

1812

6

West Huntspill

0.90

1412

1

Westonzoyland

0.78

1832

1 available

Woolavington

0.76

2163

3

Total

21.7

   127 waiting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is providing allotments in Sedgemoor?

Most allotments in Sedgemoor are owned by parish and town councils, but they are not the only provider. 2 small allotments are owned by Oxford University and Sedgemoor District Council. The newest growing spaces - 170 in the last 2-3 years at Middlezoy, Westonzoyland, Puriton and West Huntspill - are all leased from small private landowners. Modern allotment sites are self-managed by devolved allotment associations. 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 allotment association.

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