Although London is naturally a heavily built-up area of the country, a number of people are keen to start producing their own home-grown food.
Councils rent plots in various allotment sites within their constituencies but many boroughs, particularly those in central London, lack the space, in part due to a high density of housing.
Allotments offer local residents the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables, enabling them to live a more sustainable life. Building more allotment sites could help develop awareness of sustainability and encourage the younger generation to involve themselves in improving the future.
Click on the screenshot below for a map displaying the population to allotment site ratio across the 32 boroughs of London.
The darker the colour, the higher the ratio.
Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea have no allotment sites, and are coloured in dark grey.
Lighter coloured boroughs are likely able to accommodate a greater proportion of people wishing to start growing their own fruit and vegetables, while the darker coloured areas may have longer waiting lists. This would need to be investigated further however, taking into account the number of plots on each allotment site. Unfortunately this information was not readily available from most councils.
Do you live in London and rent an allotment site? Or perhaps you want to but are put off by long waiting lists?
We’d love to hear from anybody growing their own produce in the capital, so please comment and share your experiences.