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Government urged to expand number of public allotments

With residents in some London Boroughs having to wait up to 40 years for a plot, NLGN argues that the need for additional land is clearly vital.

The number of allotments in the UK has declined from 1.4million in the 1940s to 200,000 in the present day. Recently however there has been an increase in their popularity as more people seek to grow their own produce, especially during the economic downturn.

Director of the NLGN, Chris Leslie said: "Allotments are an iconic part of the British psyche and conjure up images of ‘Dig for Victory’ signs during World War II. However they are still as relevant today as then and can be an excellent way of bringing together local communities and producing fantastic food. With everyone from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to Sarah Brown supporting home-grown food, we urge the Government to make it easier for councils to give more people the opportunity to enjoy an allotment."

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