The last ten years has seen a big increase in the number of people growing, or wanting to grow their own food. Demand for allotments has increased across the country. In Stratford-upon-Avon at the beginning of 2010, over 100 people were waiting for an allotment in the town. Locally, demand has been fuelled by recent housing developments, where garden sizes have proved inadequate for people’s needs.
Transition Stratford’s Garden Share scheme is one way in which people can be helped to find land on which to grow their own food. Transition Stratford has also been working with Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council, the town’s allotment authority, to help it prepare a new allotments policy aimed at securing more land for allotments locally.
New allotments in Stratford!
In 2010, members of the public in Stratford identified a number of plots of land that were not currently in use and which might be potential sites for temporary or permanent allotments. Transition Stratford carried out surveys of two groups of sites to assess their potential, and as a result of this work, Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council agreed with Orbit Heart of England Housing Association to lease a site on Park Road to provide new allotments. This new allotment site has been available for growing for the first time in 2014.
Are there other pieces of land that might be used for allotments in Stratford? Contact us for more details or if you would like a piece of unused land to be investigated: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01789 298503.