Warwick allotments given new lease of life after deal agreed for plot holders to stay
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Popular allotments in the heart of Warwick have been given a new lease of life after green-fingered allotment holders have agreed a new deal to stay at the site.
A total of 11 allotment licences have been completed, comprising of 18 plots.
Following negotiations with licensees, a fair price per square metre has been agreed and annual agreements have been signed.
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 allotment licence holders on waiting lists.
Gardeners regularly share their produce and since the pandemic the community at the allotments has grown.
Peter Lamb 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.
He moved to Warwick from London in 1991 and took up space at the allotments to grow his passion for gardening.
He has had a plot since 1997 at St John’s House and currently looks after a space of around 150 square metres.
Peter said: “It’s great that we now have the new leases in place and have been able to conclude this deal.
“The whole process has actually brought us closer together as a community and we have such a varied range of people using the allotments.
“On my allotment, I grow produce including onions, potatoes, garlic, asparagus, raspberries, strawberries and broad beans. Then others at the allotments grow more exotic, experimental plants.
“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.”