Camden gardener waited 18 years for an allotment

18 YEAR wait for an allotment: Gardener in Camden was awarded plot after 6690 days with London borough topping the list of longest waiting times in UK, syfers toon

  • Oor 100,000 Britons are waiting for a plot, as demand rises over 200 persentasie
  • Most sluggish average waiting times are in Camden, East Lothian and Islington
  • Nottingham has the most aspiring hoe-holders, with a list of 6845 hopefuls
  • A gardener was left tapping their green fingers for an extraordinary 6690 days in Camden before finally getting their plot, making them the longest-waiting applicant in the UK, figures have revealed.

    Die Londen borough tops the list of the longest wait for an individual to finally get their hands on their own slice of land after making an application, followed by Richmond, Derbyshire Dales and Edinburgh.

    And the figures show that Camden also comes out on top on current average waiting times at 17 years and six months, followed by East Lothian, 15 jare, Islington, 13 jare, Richmond upon Thames, 11 jare, and Rochdale, 10 jare.

    On average across the whole of the UK, an individual will be waiting two years and eight months for an allotment, data from a Freedom of Information request shows.

    Currently more than 100,000 people in the UK are waiting for an allotment.

    The longest time waited for an allotment was 6690 days by a gardener in Camden, gevolg deur 6314 days (Richmond upon Thames) en 5475 ddae(Derbyshire Dales)

    The longest time waited for an allotment was 6690 days by a gardener in Camden, gevolg deur 6314 dae (Richmond upon Thames) en 5475 dae (Derbyshire Dales)

    Interest in allotments has spiked during lockdown, with one council reporting a 233 percent increase in the size of their waiting list

    Interest in allotments has spiked during lockdown, with one council reporting a 233 percent increase in the size of their waiting list

    Regoor die Verenigde Koninkryk, verby 100,000 people are waiting for an allotment. Nottingham tops the country for aspiring allotment owners, met 6690 on their list currently

    Regoor die Verenigde Koninkryk, verby 100,000 people are waiting for an allotment. Nottingham tops the country for aspiring allotment owners, met 6690 on their list currently

    Die navorsing, carried out by MyJobQuote, come from a Freedom of Information survey of 302 plaaslike owerhede.

    In Richmond upon Thames, a gardener waited 6314 days before getting their shovel induring which time the UK changed prime ministers four times and the English football team competed in nine international tournaments.

    In Derbyshire Dales, an aspiring soil-turnerwho received their allotment this yearwaited 5475 dae, of 15 jare.

    And in Edinburgh, an applicant sat on the waiting list for 5173 dae, of 14 jare, before finally getting a patch.

    TOP 10 LONGEST AVERAGE WAITING TIMES FOR ALLOTMENTS IN THE UK
    Average waiting time (dae) Jare
    London Borough of Camden 6370.3 17.5
    East Lothian Council 5475 15
    London Borough of Islington 4749 13
    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (and Wandsworth) 4039 11.1
    Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council 3650 10
    Ards and North Down Borough Council 3650 10
    Derbyshire Dales 3285 9
    City of Edinburgh 3159 8.7
    West Dunbartonshire 2920 8
    Monmouthshire Council 2913 8
    COUNCILS WITH THE LONGEST WAITING LISTS FOR ALLOTMENTS IN THE UK
    Raad People waiting for an allotment
    Nottingham City Council 6845
    Southampton City Council 4820
    City of Edinburgh 4259
    London Borough of Newham 4071
    Sheffield City Council 3243
    London Borough of Lewisham 3080
    Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council 3016
    Manchester City Council 2572
    Brighton and Hove City Council 2526
    North Tyneside Council 2280

    Nottingham City Council said their waiting list comes in at 6845 name, making it the longest in the country.

    Southampton (met 4820 hopefuls), Edinburgh (4259) and Newham (4071) come in second, third and fourth with giant backlogs of aspiring gardeners.

    Egter, some councils have more plots and higher turnover of patch-holders, meaning a longer waiting list does not always translate into longer waiting times.

    Demand for patches has ‘massively inflated’ during the Covid pandemic.

    West Northamptonshire Council said its waiting list had ballooned from nine people per site to 30, a 233 percent increase.

    Britons prefer to have an allotment than a sports car, a survey has found. Asked to choose the 'top goals' in life, it was among the three most popular

    Britons prefer to have an allotment than a sports car, a survey has found. Asked to choose the ‘top goalsin life, it was among the three most popular

    Oor 100,000 Britons are on a waiting list for an allotment. Tending a vegetable patch is no longer the reserve of the retired gentleman, with demand soaring by over 200 percent during lockdown in one part of the country

    Oor 100,000 Britons are on a waiting list for an allotment. Tending a vegetable patch is no longer the reserve of the retired gentleman, with demand soaring by over 200 percent during lockdown in one part of the country

    ‘We have found that owning a garden allotment is a lifetime commitment, with ill health and moving out of the area being the main reasons for letting them go’, said a spokesperson for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

    Hulle het voortgegaan: ‘It has become more and more popular in recent years as a thing to help people relax and help with their mental health and has become especially so during the pandemic with a lot more enquiries.

    Aside from the mental health benefits, research suggests Britons are increasingly attracted to allotment-ownership as a way of ‘being greenand escaping the trappings of an excessively consumerist lifestyle.

    A study by green energy firm Bulb found eco-conscious Britons would prefer to own an allotment than a sports car.

    Die resultaat, from a poll of 2,000 volwassenes, echoes the 1970s sitcom The Good Life, starring Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as Tom and Barbara Good, who give up the rat race to grow their own food and become self-sufficient.

    The study found Brits top three goals in life were using renewable energy, picked by 25 persent; lowering carbon footprint (ook 25 persent); and having an allotment (24 persent). Buying a sports car came in at number 13, chosen by just six per cent.

    Intussen, almost two thirds – 64 per cent – of council allotments in London are now occupied by women, according to a study by Dr Tilly Collins and Ellen Fletcher, of Imperial College London.

    They surveyed a sample of 24,883 plots over 682 sites in the capital and found that 63.7 per cent of holders are women. The average age was found to be 57 with men typically older than women.

    Dr Collins said that traditional allotments have really ‘moved on’ and become a ‘very different kind of space’ where women want to relax and be self-sufficient.

    Sy het gese: ‘These green spaces are now known to be so good for people’s physical and mental health. Whether they are digging on their allotment or not, just relaxing there makes them feel so much better. And I think women are taking allotments on with their children and grandchildren in mind to give them an understanding of food production.”

    Diane Appleyard, of the National Allotment Society, gesê: ‘Looking at councils’ allotment strategy reportsit would appear there are now at least as many, indien nie meer nie, women on sites. Life has changed. When it was predominantly men on sites, domestic roles were relatively defined. Now men probably have less time because they are doing more domestically.

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