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Resilient Green Spaces - A National Allotment Development Team

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Social Farms & Gardens are leading the creation of a Wales-wide Allotment Development Team as part of the £1.2million Resilient Green Spaces project.

Building a National Allotment Development Team is one of six areas of work within the Resilient Green Spaces project. 

The National Allotment Development team will support: 

  • Landowners and managers to meet the increased demand for allotments 
  • The development of new allotment sites across Wales 
  • Making more private and public sector land available for communities to grow their own 
  • Improving access for people often marginalised from green spaces and healthy food 

The National Allotment Development team will: 

  • Create up to 600 new allotment plots by supporting groups and organisations with the vision to create or restore allotment plots through limited capital investment available 
  • Make at least 3 hectares of land (30,000m2) available for growing 
  • Offer free training and support (including template plot tenancy agreements and guidance on how to set up and run allotment management committees)  
  • Create a new, diverse Welsh Allotment Forum that provides peer support to those working in and for allotment development  

This work will be supporting plots on non-Local Authority land. This means land owned by Housing Associations and other private / public sector landowners. We'll also be working with farmers to make farmland available.   

We will focus our time and resources on 10 large allotment sites over the two years of the project.  We are particularly interested in sites by areas with high levels of food poverty and low levels of biodiversity / Green Infrastructure and will encourage wider access for those sites. 

The Resilient Green Spaces project continues our work supporting community growers in Wales: 

  • Our Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) helps community green space groups with land and planning queries. The service, supported by the Welsh Government, has mapped community growing in Wales. We have also produced allotment guidance and led a project to increase allotments on Local Authority land in Wales.  
  • In 2020 our Allotment Regeneration Project mapped allotments and produced resources for growers. We also worked with the Welsh Government on their national guidance for growers in 2021. 

Get involved

If you’re a landowner or land-seeker in Wales, we want to hear from you!

Expressions of interest are now open until 9am on Monday 24 January.

If you'd like to apply, please fill out either an Expression of Interest for Communities or Expression of Interest for landowners

Please read our Application Advice and Criteria to find out more about the application process. 

If you'd like to see the questions we ask before filling in the form, click here for the Communities EOI questions, or here for the Landowners EOI questions.

See our Defining Allotment Plot Sizes document for more information about allotment plot sizes. 

Resources

We've put together a list of frequently asked questions about allotments, so take a look or please get in touch with our team. 

Our Allotment Site Management Toolkit is a useful set of guidance for anyone involved in the management of allotments. 

Contact us

For more information or support please contact the National Allotment Development Team wales@farmgarden.org.uk

About Resilient Green Spaces

Building a National Allotment Development Team is one of six strands of work in the Resilient Green Spaces project. See our Resilient Green Spaces overview to find out more. 

Resilient Green Spaces is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

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