Can we please be allowed to get to allotment plots to plant and grow fruit and vegetables again? I live 5 miles from my allotment plot and would need to drive there in order to get my plants in the ground and to tend to them.

Why the contribution is important

Encouraging people to get outside, and also to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Gardening is known to be good therapy for people. I appreciate that social distancing at the allotments will be essential and has to be followed. People could take their own tools, and avoid going into the communal sheds etc. I am certain the right details could be worked out if the genuine will to support this idea exists.

by sandragdavison on May 05, 2020 at 03:30PM

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Average rating: 4.9
Based on: 25 votes


  • Posted by MJanus May 05, 2020 at 15:58

    I have an allotment and having a disability, I have to drive to it. No restrictions on driving to get your shopping or to go to your allotment for your daily exercise.
  • Posted by Meerykat May 05, 2020 at 16:38

    As long as the social distancing rules were strictly adhered to and no sharing of tools etc. then I feel this would be appropriate
  • Posted by junie2dogs May 09, 2020 at 19:30

    As long as you were within a permitted radius for driving and social distancing was strictly adhered to I see no issue with this
  • Posted by Judy May 10, 2020 at 10:40

    Glasgow City Council has allowed allotments to stay open as long as the Guidelines ( social distancing, hygiene, etc ) have been met.
    Scottish Government said it was up to local authorities to decide on what action to take.
    Visiting the allotment daily has enabled me to remain balanced in mind and body. I have enjoyed the blossom and flowers and eaten a multitude of fresh greens that grow on my plot. My fellow plot-holders have all kept to the rules but we have talked( 2m apart), shared information and enthusiasms (daily updates on the tadpoles and frog in my neighbours pond).
    When this is over we need many, many more allotments so when the next crisis comes everyone who wants to can share the benefits. Those without access to a garden in particular need them . The local authorities have a duty under legislation in Section 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to provide them - Ask and campaign if you want one.
  • Posted by JustANumber May 10, 2020 at 14:31

    I would go further local councils should be under an obligation to provide allotments on a household level, not just a community level.
  • Posted by AMMAC May 11, 2020 at 12:29

    As with Judy, I thought allotments had been left open. They certaianly should be nationwide, not up to individual councils. No obvious risk.
  • Posted by underwood May 11, 2020 at 18:44

    I fully support this idea and don't have an allotment.
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