Allotment survey planned to find how council policies are changing

APSE is contacting all its local authority parks, grounds maintenance and horticulture contacts to gain their opinion on the state of the market regarding allotments.

Organiser of the survey, which will explore issues relating to allotment provision and maintenance. is Wayne Priestley.

The survey analysis will be shared as a briefing between APSE member local authorities in August.

Questions include queries on rental costs, size, number and whether that will be increased, waiting lists, budgets, facilities and management.

Last year's APSE allotment survey found the number of new allotment sites planned by councils was falling.

The State of the Allotments Market survey went out to local authorities and green space managers in July, asking about allotment size, shape, cost, allocation, management and future plans. Some 64 councils responded.

APSE’s 2016 state of the market survey of local authority allotment services has shown only 34% plan to increase number allotments. In 2015, the number of respondents whose council plans to increase allotment numbers shrunk to 41%, down from 49% in 2013 and 64% in 2012.

Some 25.9% had increased fees beyond inflation during the past two years, ranging from 2-50% rises. Some 19% charge over £70, with 22.8% planning to charge over £70 in 2016/17.

Click here to take the survey. Deadline 3 May.

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