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Help sow the seeds for the future of allotments

Mansfield District Council is inviting people across the District to have their say on a draft strategy which sets out how the Council will develop and manage its allotments over the next five years.

The Council's Draft Allotment Strategy sets out a number of objectives and actions of how the District Council will improve the service, increase uptake and enhance the benefits derived from allotments.

The Council provides, manages and maintains 611 individual plots spread across 15 allotment sites, largely in the urban area of Mansfield for people who are interested in allotment gardening. Allotments in Mansfield Woodhouse are managed on behalf of the Council by the Mansfield Woodhouse Garden Holders Associations, who administer and manage the sites.

Allotments are also provided across the District by Trustees for the Labouring Poor.

The demand for plots varies across the District with some allotments full and people registered on a waiting list, others do have some plots available.

People are being asked to comment on the strategy which is available at Hard copies are also available by calling 01623 463 292. The consultation closes on Friday 25 May.

Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: "Allotments provide a wide range of benefits to both communities and the environment. They are not just a way of producing good and low cost food, though this remains important. They offer recreation involving healthy exercise, social contacts and the fun and challenge of growing a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. They contribute to the retention of traditional skills and wisdom. It's important we plan how we continue to offer these important facilities and improve the services we offer. Therefore I'd encourage everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of our allotments."

For more information about allotments across the District visit or call 01623 463 463.

Published 08 May 2012

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