Allotments have been popular for years and with the increased interest in ‘grow your own’ this is set to continue. It was reported last year that there were over 85,000 people on a council waiting list for an allotment, which begs the question – why don’t you set up your own allotment in your garden?
According to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, due to the large waiting list in some areas there are average waiting times of three years. This waiting list could be set to increase to 200,000 people as plots owned by Parish and Town Councils have been excluded from the survey. So, why are people suddenly so interested in allotments and why is there such a shortage?
As with many ‘green’ areas, due to the increasing population there is less space available for allotments as lots of space has to be used for housing. Add to this the fact that popularity of allotments has increased over the years and you will start to understand the growing problem. As famous TV chefs and gardeners (all of whom have allotments) invade our television screens, the amount of people wanting to ‘grow their own’ has increased – hence the growing allotment waiting list.
If you are one of the people who wants to have their own allotment at home, then consider creating your own allotment in your garden. There are lots of benefits to this, first of all you won’t need to go on a waiting list to be able to grow your own crops! Secondly and perhaps more importantly, your allotment will be at hand. This means if you require a lettuce for your sandwich, you can pick it yourself.
You may think you don’t have enough room in your garden to have an allotment, however if it is designed effectively then you can ensure there is enough room. Dependant on what you decide to grow it’s likely you won’t need a massive space. In fact, you may decide that you only need a small ‘inside’ allotment which will make it much easier and reduce the need to wait.
Rather than putting your name onto a waiting list, you could instead consider incorporating an allotment into your garden design. This is likely to save you money in the long run as it reduces the need to travel to an allotment or pay for a pitch.