As COVID has made broad impacts across the country, many people have turned to gardening. Or have tried to. Allotments across the country are a precious commodity. Demand far outstrips supply, in some cases to the extent of 10 years or more (Edinburgh and Fife, possibly elsewhere). Yet councils employ full time allotment officers who preside over long lists with little turnover and no new sites being created. New allotments have to be fought tooth and nail to be created. Land in Scotland is owned by the few. The opportunity to grow your own, a long established British tradition, is the remain of only the few. There are considerable health, and social benefits for allotments in communities. People have greater attachment to their community and neighbors, health is improved in a country with high obesity.When the demand is so great, why is creating a strategy not more of a priority?

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