WHY AREN’T WE DIGGING FOR VICTORY?
There are new houses aimed at families springing up all over our small towns and villages, all perfectly nice but with a patch of garden just about big enough for the ubiquitous hideous trampoline but little more. Given this, plus the uncertainty of the food supply following Brexit, isn’t it then time for the return of the allotment?
These little patches of produce helped save the nation during the Second World War and it might well be time again for families to move towards self-sufficiency by growing their own vegetables. According to the Internet, there are currently around 280,000 allotments in existence with almost 100,000 people on the waiting list for a plot. Not every open space is suitable for building, so more effort must be put into making this land useful and productive.
Neither should one underestimate the power of public gardening in generating a greater sense of community in sometimes disjointed neighbourhoods.