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More Needs to be Done to Support Access to Allotments and Community Gardens – William Powell AM

2015 Ionawr 27 4:51 PM

William Powell AM has today called on the Welsh Labour Government to do more to make it easier for local people to gain access to allotments and community gardens.

Following a Statement made in the National Assembly today by the Welsh Government, William Powell AM urged Natural Resources Minister, Carl Sargeant, to require Housing Associations, when working on new developments, to make provision for community growing areas. Allotments and community gardens are one way in which residents of villages, towns and cities can have access to a piece of land which they can work and cultivate. In this way, they are an important means of promoting greater understanding and appreciation of food production.

Commenting on a statement issued by the Welsh Government today, William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Environment & Rural Affairs said:

"I would like to see the Welsh Government putting a requirement on Housing Associations, when working on new developments, to make provision for community growing areas. When Housing Associations work closely with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a partnership between farmers and the local community, this serves to reconnect people to the land where their food is grown."

William Powell AM paid tribute to Clwyd Alyn Housing Association in Flintshire which is already working closely with community growing schemes in this way. He also praised the Talgarth Allotments Association and the Llangattock Allotments project in Powys as fine examples of a local community taking proactive measures to allocate land for allotments and community growing. With the oversight of a dedicated Committee, both Groups have been hugely successful with far-reaching benefits across the community.

To this end, William Powell urged the Welsh Government to increase the pace of current plans to produce much needed guidance in this area.