Warwick allotment holders breathe sigh of relief as they sign new deal - The Leamington Observer

Warwick allotment holders breathe sigh of relief as they sign new deal

Leamington Editorial 7th Sep, 2023   0

GREEN-fingered allotment holders in Warwick can hold onto their plots thanks to a new deal.

Plot holders sealed the new deal with Warwickshire County Council, through its managing agent Warwickshire Property Management, to stay at St John’s House Allotments after their old deal expired and their future looked uncertain.

The deal has also opened up opportunities for new people in Warwick to take plots to enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of having an allotment.

Allotments in Warwickshire, and particularly in Warwick district, are hugely popular with many having hundreds of prospective plot holders on waiting lists.

Peter Lamb, who has held an allotment at the site for 25 years and represented the plot holders at St John’s House Allotments during the negotiation process, said: “We have a culture of cooperation and sharing any surplus produce. The importance of the allotments was really brought home during the pandemic, where they provided an invaluable place to get outside, socialise safely and exercise too.

“It is good for us to now have certainty about the future of the allotments and we can now set about work to improve our plots and get them to a place that we want them to be.”

WPM is part of Warwickshire Property & Development Group, which manages the lettings on hundreds of WCC-owned properties.

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