Bountiful Bristol Bulletin


Seeking land for food production? by nadiacatkinhillman
November 27, 2008, 10:57 pm
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By getting together with others in your community you can access council land for food growing. Many people do not know that in section 23 of the 1908 Allotments Act an obligation is placed on Local Authorities to provide land for allotment gardens.

Seeking land for food production?

Ashley Vale Allotments (Photo by Stringberd)

The Act requires that “the Authority must take into consideration any representation made to them in writing by any six registered parliamentary electors or council tax payers resident in the area, to the effect that the circumstances of the area are such that it is the duty of the allotments authority to “take proceedings” for the provision of allotments.”

Steve Clampin, the Allotments Manager for BCC told Bristol Food Links recently; “This basically puts a duty on the authority to provide allotment gardens. It is useful to note that the Acts do not provide any steer on the facilities that should be provided, it could be just a field or piece of derelict land with no water supply, fences etc. Also, the land available is likely to be overgrown and need clearing, and it is important to ensure that they are prepared for this in terms of tools etc. However, if any group of people are really keen to take on a site, then we would certainly consider their application in relation to any land that may be available”.

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