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Demand for Land in West Somerset

Allotment Provision and Demand for Land in West Somerset

Survey results: there are at least 7.68 hectares (20 acres) of allotments in West Somerset

Allotments are a vehicle for delivering on health, social and economic agendas promoting community cohesion, education, health and the environment. However, results of a recent survey suggest access to land is a barrier to people’s ability to grow food.

  • There are at least 329 allotment plots of varying sizes on 7.68 hectares of land.
  • 43 new plots have been created in 2012 on Crown Estate and Magna Housing owned land
  • Estimates suggest that at least 51 people are on waiting lists plus demand hotspots in Exford where approximately 10 people are seeking land making a total of 61. Latent demand suggests this number should be doubled.
  • 25 parishes have no current provision and no current demand as they are either very small, very rural or properties have sufficiently large gardens for people to cultivate food at home
  • The law says if 6 people petition, parish councils are obliged to consider the provision of land.

 

Parish/town

Pop

Plots

Area/ha

Waiting list

Carhampton

992

New provision in 2012 of 28 half size plots

0.7

2 available

Dulverton

1486

Bath and Wells Diocese site. No data about plot numbers

New provision in 2012 of 15 plots on Magna owned land

0.03

0.03

No data

2 available

Dunster

862

60 half size plots on parish owned land

1.32

2 available

Exford

510

No current provision but PC continue to seek

10

Exmoor

No data

Parish gardens let for paddock & sheep

No data

n/a

Minehead

10,330

133 plots of varying sizes on 6 Town Council sites

2.73

8

Old Cleeve

(Washford)

1952

13 plots owned by Wyndham Estate

0.37

5 (includes site at Williton)

Porlock

1377

30 plots on Church owned Glebe land

0.61

9

Stogumber

660

Parish council have recently purchased an 8 acre parish field which could be used for allotments if there is demand.

No data

n/a

Stogursey

1407

10 full size plots

0.16

3

Timberscombe

476

2 small plots owned by St Petrock’s Church

0.001

n/a

Watchet

4400

5 plots on Town Council site

3 plots at British Legion site

0.10

0.04

12

No data

Williton

2708

24 plots on privately owned site

6 plots on Wyndham Estate owned land

1.57

0.07

12

See Old Cleeve

TOTALS

329 plots

7.68

61

Demand for allotment plots is growing nationally. West Somerset 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 and 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.

Who is providing allotments in West Somerset?

Most allotments in West Somerset are owned by parish and town councils with others owned by The Crown Estate, the Wyndham Estate, Bath and Wells Diocese, Magna Housing and the British Legion

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