Allotment holders get their say on new strategy

Allotment holders are being asked for their views on developing a new allotment strategy across Lincoln by the City of Lincoln Council.

A number of workshops will be held at the beginning of January, where people can give their opinion on how allotments are managed.

Increasing demand for allotment plots, which at one point was a 185-person waiting list, resulted in the authority restoring old allotment sites, bringing the total number of plots to over 1,200 across the city.

Councillor, Donald Nannestad, claims increasing the number of allotment plots in Lincoln helps reduce poverty and disadvantage in the city.

He said: “Giving people the chance to grow their own food not only reduces the household grocery bill, but gets people active and out in the fresh air, which is great for health and wellbeing.”

The councillor continued to urge allotment holders to attend the workshops in order to help the council understand where improvements can be made.

“We’re asking existing allotment holders to tell us what they think about the service and where any changes or investment would have the best effect,” said Nannestad.

As a result of clearing projects there are now plots available at several locations across the city including Yarborough Crescent, Boultham Park, Burton Ridge, Long Leys and Simons Hill.

Although there is still a waiting list at other sites, those interested can call 01522 873423 or visit the website to apply.

Workshop dates

  • Wednesday 4th January, 10am – 12pm: Grandstand Community Centre
  • Monday 9th January, 2pm – 4pm: Sudbrooke Drive Community Centre
  • Tuesday 10th January, 6pm – 8pm: Bracebridge Community Centre
  • Wednesday 11th January, 6pm – 8pm: St Giles Community Centre
Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo: Catfunt