Every allotment site in the UK is being urged to back a national campaign to protect plots – in a bid to push the issue up the political agenda in the run up to the general election.
The petition ‘Help protect the UK’s allotment sites’ on www.change.org already has 13,000 signatures.
Organisers have produced a poster called Sign For Victory, a play on the famous wartime Dig For Victory slogan.
A Freedom of Information Act request found that between 2007 and 2013, the government only rejected four applications out of 132 to close allotment sites.
Campaign spokeswoman Sara Jane Trebar said: “We now have enough factual evidence that suggests the closing of allotments, particularly in urban areas, has become a national epidemic.
“Worse, this process seems to be encouraged to increase house building quotas.”
Campaigners hope to achieve a legal review of allotment law which could make it more difficult for councils to shut allotments.
Sara added: “To increase awareness of the petition in the run up to the election, a new poster campaign will highlight growing allotment concerns and the fragile state of allotment law.”
Gardeners are being urged to display the poster on their sheds and at their allotment sites, while supporters will be encouraged to put the poster up on windows and walls.
The Sign For Victory poster can be downloaded for free at www.tinyurl.com/orcfv27.
- Campaigners fighting to save Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford from closure have been told that Watford Borough Council’s third attempt to shut the site will not be considered by the Department for Communities and Local Government until after the general election. A spokeswoman for the Save Farm Terrace campaign said: “This is fantastic news”.