09 May '11, 1pm

Why selling off allotments is not localism | David Boyle

Why selling off allotments is not localism | David Boyle

Eric Pickles wants to abandon the rules that force councils to provide allotments. Is this the end of the Good Life, or just the end of Pickles' career? By Hardluck Hotel Tweet The proposal by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to abolish the rules that force councils to provide allotments looks like one of those political misjudgments that could finish a promising political career. He seems to have misjudged the role that allotments are suddenly coming to play in our national life. They are already staggeringly over-subscribed, with waiting lists stretching for decades in the future. Nor is this a short-term fad. Seed companies report that, for the first time since the Second World War, vegetable seeds are now outselling flower seeds in the UK. It is all part of the rising demand for real food, which – as we new economists know – is also the key to local economic revival....

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