The loss of allotments across Britain is a “tragedy,” according to BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don.

Monty, who hosts the BBC2 flagship gardening series from his Herefordshire garden called Longmeadow, said a generation was missing out on the joys of gardening.

Monty said: “My generation grew up expecting some sort of ownership and access to gardens.

“I had my first home at 26 and started growing things. My three kids are in their 20s and none of them rent or own homes with gardens.

“A generation is growing up with no access to green space. There’s a remoteness about it all,” Monty told the Radio Times.

It’s estimated that over 75,000 people remain stuck on allotment waiting lists nationwide – an issue that concerns Monty.

He told the magazine: “We’ve lost so many of our allotments and it’s a tragedy.

“They’re increasingly important as young people have less access to gardens. They’re part of our way of life and we can’t keep building on them.”

Monty called on the new government to make a commitment to allotments via housing strategy.

“We should make a rule that a percentage of new housing has to have access to allotments. We need to make new ones,” Monty argued.