New report to force large landowners to share estates

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Mon Sep 14 19:43:57 BST 2009

'Dig for Victory' revived in plan for allotments on private land
Martin Wainwright - The Guardian, Monday 14 September 2009

Allotments on royal land? New report to force large landowners to share estates  By Jason Beattie 14/09/2009

The Queen should hand over some of her land for use as allotments, a report says today.

The New Local Government Network wants the Government to force large landowners to share their vast estates with gardeners.

More than 100,000 people are on waiting lists for plots, with some having to hold on for 40 years.

Chris Leslie, NLGN director, said: "The Royal Family should be encouraged to share some of their vast 677,000 acres to allow more people to enjoy gardening and farming.

"I am sure that as a vocal advocate for farming and the countryside, that Prince Charles and the Duchy of Cornwall will be supportive of the idea.

"Furthermore, with 1% of landowners owning 70% of land in the UK we would like to see the Government encourage them to share a small portion of it with people in their local communities, particularly those who do not have access to a garden."

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury has more than 200,000 acres of private land, while the Duke of Northumberland has 130,000 acres.

The number of allotments in the UK has declined from 1.4 million in the 40s to about 200,000.

The NLGN also wants to see brownfield sites converted to allotments.

Mr Leslie added: "We urge the Government to make it easier for councils to give people the opportunity to enjoy an allotment."

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