Allotments

(Letter to the Evening Post)

Sir,

W J Dean (Have Your Say, Saturday 29 January), hits a timely note in calling for the Vetch Field to be turned into temporary allotments.

With household grocery bills predicted to double within the next twelve months, the ability to grow at least some of their own food would be a valuable asset to hard pressed local families.

Despite the fact that local councils are required by law to provide allotments if there is a demand for them, recent years have seen continuing decline in the number of allotments available, and waiting lists for allotments growing ever longer. Swansea is no exception to this.

At the end of the Second World War there were around 1.4 million allotments in the UK. Estimates put current numbers at less than 300,000.

With little prospect of development in the near future, the Vetch Field site provides the opportunity for Swansea Council to create temporary allotments; thereby increasing local food production, reducing food miles, and generating additional revenue for the council from rents. That sounds like a win-win situation to me.

Yours,

Keith M Ross
Green Party Assembly Candidate
South Wales West

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Letter was published uncut in the Evening Post today and the BBC Website want to talk to me about it!

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  2. See the article on the BBC website here.

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