WHY AREN’T WE DIG­GING FOR VIC­TORY?

Cotswold Life - - CHRISTMAS FAIR IN THE COTSWOLDS - Oliver Jame­son Cirences­ter

Sir,

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.

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