During 2023 – 2024 LESS explored Lancaster District’s allotments and their characteristics (e.g size and facilities), how they are used and run, their contribution to biodiversity, their climate resilience, the demand for allotments, other community-led food growing models in the District, future visions for allotments and support needs.

Information for the review was collected through a series of site visits to 21 allotment sites, an online survey (with nearly 250 responses), interviews, community conversations and by reviewing relevant reports and online research.

Read the report here.

Who was involved?

LESS is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company set up in 2007 to provide practical support to help the residents of Lancashire live more sustainably. It oversaw a review of allotments across Lancaster District (which includes Bowland, Carnforth, Halton, Heysham, Lancaster, Morecambe and Silverdale) in liaison with North Lancashire’s FoodFutures partnership and Lancaster City Council (Allotments – Lancaster City Council ).

The review was carried out independently with input from allotment sites and current and potential allotment plot holders and stakeholders across the District. The review reports on what has been found across the District and shares recommendations for supporting thriving allotments going forwards.

This work was funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The review looked at several broad areas including: 

  • The present provision of allotments, where they are, what’s going on and how they are doing? What they have and what they are lacking? Training and other support needs?
  • Allotment governance – now and going forwards.
  • How allotments contribute to wildlife and biodiversity; climate resilience as temperatures and weather patterns change; food security with seasonal local produce.
  • The demand for potential new sites across the District and gaps that could be filled.
  • What’s happening on other community growing spaces in the District?
  • Future visions, recommendations and strategies for supporting healthy thriving allotments across the District.

The work was done by LESS and a freelance researcher (Deborah Simmonds) and was launched on the 9 June 2024.

If you have any questions or queries please do contact allotment_review@lessuk.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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