Bid to allow allotment produce to be sold

Thousands of allotment holders could be able to sell their produce if a campaign to change legislation succeeds.

Made in Kent manager Edwyn Martin said it should be easy to expunge "obscure" legislation that makes it illegal for council allotment holders to sell what they grow. He is confident a Kent MP will back an early day motion to overturn the rules.

The 1922 Allotments Act states that local authority allotment holders cannot operate as a "trade or business" and must grow for "the occupier or his family".

Martin said: "The origin is obscure and pointless but it should be easy to have it expunged and not replaced, and by default allotment holders will be allowed to sell their produce."

He added: "Overzealous Victorians made up the legislation to ensure no-one granted access to council land could make a profit out of it. But with the prime minster talking about food security, it would be better if allotment holders did not have this law."

Martin said he hopes to launch the early day motion into Parliament in spring.

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