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.
Catch up with our second Wales Allotment Forum meeting. 6th July 2022.
You spoke, we listened! This meeting will focus on the support available for Allotment Creation and regeneration within Local Authorities. We’ll be hearing from people with key roles working in Blaenau Gwent as an example, and understanding their time pressures, priorities and the help they can offer. Speakers include Caroline Matthews, Environment Project Officer at Blaenau Gwent Council, Chris Nottingham, Sustainable Food Places Officer for Blaenau Gwent (hosted by Tai Calon), and Susy Arnold of the Southend Allotments in Tredegar. We will prioritise time to open floor discussion and questions.
Catch up with the launch of our Wales Allotment Forum! 6th April 2022.
Are you a community managing, or looking to access land to create allotments in Wales?
Are you a landowner who believes that communities could grow on your land?
Are you a Local Authority officer who wants to enable more people to grow?
Are you an enabler such as a sustainable food places officer or a social entrepreneur?