Herefordshire Food Charter. Healthy food for people, place and planet

ig05 503x658I'm sure many reading this will agree, as they know it in their bones - allotments are great.  You've met friends, got good produce, from yours or an enthusiastic friend, or just felt better to get on your plot after a stressy day.

Well, the Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation have helped us out by actually quantifying it - showing that financially, for Councils and communities, allotments are an investment that bring multiple, quantifiable benefits.   These benefits include achieving net zero targets,  aiding nature recovery and reducing waste.

  • Allotment ground is a better store of carbon and has better flood prevention potential than other ground
  • The experience of having an allotment has a positive effect on mental health  AND loneliness
  • Food produced contributes to reduced packaging AND food miles.

The allotment federation's report found that the benefits to their Council could be quantified to over £160 per allotment plot.  Find out more here

We know that in some areas of Herefordshire there are waiting lists, so that the need and the wish is there - we also know that Food Banks are receiving surplus already, so we know that allotments are being used. 

Are you waiting for an allotment?  Do you know a space the would make a great allotment?  Are you trying to get allotments agreed / through planning in your area?  Get in touch!

 


Who we Are

The Herefordshire Food Charter is an initiative of the Herefordshire Food Alliance, a network of individuals and organisations from across the county involved in local, community and sustainable food action.

The Alliance is a member of the national Sustainable Food Places network and is co-ordinated by New Leaf Sustainable Development with support from Herefordshire Council and Sustainable Food Places.

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