Cardiff’s allotment shortage

Old vacant allotments being left to decline

Allotments are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and grow your own crops as part of a community but a source reveals they may not be in such short supply for Cardiff’s budding gardeners.

There are currently 28 active allotment sites in Cardiff with over 2000 tenanted plots. Allotments are in high demand, with waiting lists at some sites up to five years long.

Malcom at Pontcanna allotments serves soup made from produce grown in the allotment and cooked on a Creative Ethical Wood Fuel System (CEWFS)

Lewis Mottram, a volunteer at Riverside Community Allotment Project said, “One of the problems we have is that the council have got no budget for renovating old allotments which have gone to seed.” He believes there are lots of empty allotments in Cardiff.

However, Cardiff Council’s Allotment Strategy aims “To increase investment in allotments providing effective and appropriate allocation of resources.”