Allotments for Inner London residents

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3261
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many inner London borough residents are currently waiting for an allotment (including those on the waiting lists for neighbouring outer boroughs)? Do you think that the current London Allotments Network waiting list is sufficient to link potential growers to plots?

Answer

Answer for Allotments for Inner London residents

Answer for Allotments for Inner London residents

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have no more current information on waiting lists for allotments in inner London than that collected by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardens in 1997 of 1330 people Londonwide. It does need to be remembered that the same person can appear on more than one waiting list.

The London Allotments Network does provides a mechanism for those in inner London to become aware of opportunities for allotments elsewhere in London, although there maybe implications for people in requiring them to travel considerable distances to access an allotment. The 'Your London' portal also provides a link to the borough websites with information on allotments. I understand that the London Allotment Officers group met very recently to share information, including waiting lists, and has plans to meet on a regular basis. The London Parks and Green Spaces Forum is investigating how it can assist this co-ordination work through the London Benchmarking Group.

I do recognise that the provision of allotments in inner London can be particularly challenging and this is one of the reasons that I launched my Capital Growth initiative to provide 2012 growing spaces across London by 2012. Also, my new draft London Plan requires boroughs to protect existing allotments and to identify other potential spaces that could be used for community gardening, particularly in inner London. *