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Allotment uptake rockets in recession - 11.08.09

The recession has sparked a huge surge in allotment hire in Sutton with all of the borough's vacant plots snapped up since last summer.

In August 2008 Sutton Council had almost 150 plots up for grabs but with more residents looking to trim their grocery bills, demand for allotments is at record levels.

It costs just £29.75 to hire a standard 125 square metre plot for one year, which will bear enough produce to supply a small family for a year.

Sutton has around 2,300 plots on 35 sites and on average new applicants are waiting over a year for allotments to come available.

Greater TV coverage of allotment and food growing have also fuelled the boom, the council believes, alongside the ever growing popularity of organic produce and healthy eating.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"It appears that Sutton residents are reaching for their spades and digging their way through the recession.

"Our allotments have never been so popular and at less than £30 a year for a plot it's hardly surprising that more people are growing their own.

"As well as the cost savings, owning your own allotment gives you a year round supply of healthy fruit and veg, is good exercise and also gives you a great place to relax, unwind and socialise.

"While all of our sites are currently full, get your name on the waiting list now for a chance of having your own plot next summer."

August 10 to 16 is National Allotment Week.

To find out more about allotments in Sutton please call 020 8770 5070 or visit www.sutton.gov.uk and search 'allotments'.

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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