Third allotment in Warwick now run by plot holders - The Leamington Observer

Third allotment in Warwick now run by plot holders

Leamington Editorial 14th Feb, 2024   0

A THIRD allotment site in Warwick is now being run by plot holders.

The Myton Green site was brought under self-management by the Myton Green Allotments Society  on January 31.

The group signed their lease with Warwick Town Council and all plots on this new site have now been allocated to tenants.

Myton Green allotment site was created as part of new housing development of Europa Way and is the third site under the auspices of the town council to move to self-management.




A team of plot holders will now work together to run the site on a day-to-day basis. This agreement follows previous successful moves to independent management by the Percy Estate Allotment Society in 2021 and by Canalside Allotment Society in 2022.

Benefits of devolved management of allotment sites include the ability to raise funds for site improvement, the retention of rents to ensure that plotholders cash is ploughed back into services and the encouragement of the wider local community with open days and activities. The plot holders who have the most invested in the site can direct how the site operates and develops.


At a recent meeting of the town council, a discount in rent over a three-year period was agreed to allow MGAS to build up a reserve. Membership of the National Allotment Society also gives access to affordable public liability insurance, advice and other benefits.

David Barber of MGAS said: “The MGAS committee worked closely with Warwick Town Council to get this new site up and running and we’re really looking forward to getting the 22 plots on the site into cultivation. We look forward to continuing our co-operation in the future as we welcome all the new plot holders to Myton Green, meet new challenges and develop the site into a thriving, community-led site.”

 

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