My parents have just moved from Somerset where they were very prolific allottment cultivators to Berkeley, just north of Bristol and they are desperate to get an allottment - if you know of anyone who is able to steer them in the direction of a plot they would be very grateful. They are on the waiting list but it is long!
Allan Cavill from the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners is your man! He helps groups to bypass their council & self organise for allotments themselves. The usual process is organising a local meeting, setting up a steering group & then searching and approaching landowners. This model has been repeated across the South West & has been very successful. NSALG can provide all the templates & advice.
There is also the Community Land Advisory Service who could help with the paperwork side of things too, they often encourage purchase options for community groups.
Anyhow, both will be at the Incredible Edible Somerset Conference where we have an Access to Land workshop so please encourage your folks to come and get all the info they need to get growing!
Thanks for the informaton - I will pass it on to the parents.