Martha Wardrop: More land is needed for incredibly valuable gardening space

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MANY people in Glasgow do not have access to a private garden.

The cost of houses with access to their own garden is rising and in a city like Glasgow having garden space has become a luxury. Allotments provide access to incredibly valuable and affordable gardening space.

Green Councilors are supporting the creation of over 250 new allotment plots to help tackle growing waiting lists and bring communities together across Glasgow. Over the past year, the food-growing sites have been supported by Council funding of £200,000 and aided by developer contributions of £218,750 from housing projects. This is only possible thanks to the proposals presented by the green advisors.

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There is an unprecedented demand for housing estates due to the pandemic. As people have become aware of the multitude of benefits they have to offer, housing estates are an increasingly important community space. They encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, be active in the fresh air, and spend time in nature.

There is a real community spirit on a housing estate with many people developing lasting friendships while growing food on their plot.

Glasgow’s allotment garden community is becoming bigger, stronger and more relevant as people seek ways to tackle the growing challenges of physical and mental health, food poverty and isolation.

We need to promote access to gardens as they also provide more nutritious food through locally grown fruits and vegetables. There is great satisfaction in eating something that you have grown yourself. People with attributions are also more likely to get their fruits and vegetables five times a day. Food culture can solve health problems by providing a local source of produce and through the therapeutic benefits of gardening, participating in activities with other people, or learning new skills to build self-esteem.

Green Advisors are committed to creating more opportunities for people to connect with nature. Today, allotment plots are more diverse than ever and provide an ideal location to support beehives, ponds, and other wildlife-friendly areas.

Allotment Gardeners are making a huge contribution to a more sustainable future for Glasgow. It is essential that we celebrate the work of gardeners and plot owners who recycle and reuse disposable items, share their knowledge of food cultivation with others, make compost and mulch the soil.

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Demand for housing estates during the pandemic has increased by more than 200%. There doesn’t seem to be a decrease in enthusiasm for gardening as people continue to clamor for plots.

We need to ensure that many more can take advantage of the multitude of benefits that allotment gardening can offer. In the coming year we must continue to support gardening opportunities for the widest range of interested people and encourage new and established groups to develop their allotment garden associations and support their members.

We have an incredibly difficult and demanding time ahead of us trying to create more allocations. We need to have access to enough land in Glasgow so that anyone who wants to participate in allotment gardening can do so. Allotment gardens are a vital refuge for many in these difficult times and this will continue in the future.

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