Updated advice for allotments and community growers in Wales

News item first posted on: 27/09/21

The Welsh government has released updated advice aimed at making it easier for people in Wales to grow their own food.

Social Farms & Gardens worked with the Welsh Government on the second edition of guidance for allotments and community growers across Wales. The guidance was successfully introduced in 2016 and has now been updated. It is hoped that the new second edition will continue to help more people to share good practice and get involved in growing. 

The advice covers:

  • different growing models
  • allotment law
  • animal on allotments
  • planning guidance
  • establishing a new site
  • good group governance
  • funding 
  • biodiversity
  • risk assessment and insurance

Since the advice was first introduced allotments and community gardens have become even more important in creating a healthier, happier and more sustainable Wales. Allotments and community gardens can help to tackle some of today’s most urgent priorities, from health and wellbeing to the climate and nature emergencies. 

The Welsh Government aim to create one of the most environmentally and socially responsible supply chains in the world. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 sets out a clear obligation for public bodies to enable the positive change that leads to a more resilient, secure and healthy Wales.

The benefits of gardening on individuals and the environment are clear. Increased physical activity and mental wellbeing, access to fresh fruit and vegetables and well used and cared for public spaces, are natural by-products of growing your own. 

Gardening on an allotment plot or community garden means closer community relationships, reduced social isolation and the chance to work together and celebrate with your neighbours. It can make a dramatic improvement to quality of life. For many, allotments and community gardens are seen as essential elements of living happier, healthier and more sustainable lives. 

The updated guidance follows the Welsh Government’s publication of small-scale agricultural planning rights for sheds and greenhouses in February 2021.