Local authorities in England and Wales are calling on the Government to make available some of the money raised through landfill tax for people to be able to set up allotments on disused land.
At present money from the Landfill Communities Fund, which allocates funds collected through landfill tax, is unable to be used to set-up new allotments.
The Local Government Association (LGA) is asking that allotments now be made eligible for grants from the fund in order to alleviate the chronic shortage of plots available for people to grow their own fruit and veg.
LGA chairman Gary Porter said: “Urgent action must be taken to meet this growing demand and allowing councils to use money raised from landfill tax to bring derelict land and empty spaces back into use would help meet this demand as well as improving the appearance of local areas.”
Landfill grants are provided via the Landfill Communities Fund for projects within 10 miles of an active landfill site and at present guidelines for the scheme stipulate that allotments are excluded since they are used by individuals, not the general public.