According to a recent study by the National Allotment Society, waiting list figures for an allotment have fallen 15% in the past two years.
The report surveyed over 150,000 plots and found that there is a waiting list of 78,827 of would be allotment holders. This amounts to 52 people waiting per 100 plots. This figure is down from 57 people per 100 in 2011.
One theory to explain this fall is that councils are selling off plots on in order to make ends meet, although this has been proven to be a myth with allotment groups reporting that this may have been the case in the past, but has since been discontinued. Indeed it has been shown that many councils are increasing the amount of allotment space available with 2000 new plots created since 2011.
Another theory is that the adverse weather of the past two seasons has simply put people off. Finally, it is believed that the improving economy has made growing your own food less of an imperative.
Full StoryAllotment Waiting List Figures Plummet appeared first on Gabriel Ash - Gardeners Corner.