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Allotments

Many of the allotments in the borough are now managed by the County Allotments Association. Other allotment sites are managed by private organisations / individuals or by town / community councils.

Allotments

Allotment strategy digs deep for Bridgend County Borough

Please view the schedule of allotments and their management details. To apply for an allotment please contact the relevant person/organisation stated on the schedule.

Bridgend County Borough Council has sewn seeds to safeguard the interests of green-fingered residents by producing the area’s first official strategy for the provision and management of local allotments.

The Allotment Strategy recognises that in addition to being a popular facility for leisure and recreation and a source of sustainable low-cost food, allotments also provide local communities with benefits for their health and wellbeing.

The strategy features 5 main objectives:

  • To maintain and improve the quality of allotment sites.
  • To promote allotments as a benefit for the whole community, realising the opportunity they offer for education and lifelong learning and to increase social inclusion initiatives.
  • To highlight the role that allotments play in developing a more sustainable environment, encouraging biodiversity and conservation.
  • To develop a health agenda for allotments, focusing on the benefits in terms of improving health in the county borough.
  • To review the existing provision of allotments in Bridgend County Borough and seek to identify areas of potential future allotment provision.

Under the new strategy, a database of allotment applications will be established to ensure that ‘waiting lists’ remain accurate and up-to-date. The council’s property team will also make sure that further potential allotment sites are considered when carrying out area reviews or disposing of surplus or underused land which is owned by the authority.

Elsewhere, the council will identify new sites in areas where allotment provision is low, and residential developers will be required to contribute towards the establishment of allotment gardens where a proven need can be established under supplementary planning guidance.

Councillor Huw David, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This strategy fully recognises the importance of developing a sustainable long-term future for local allotments and is a first for Bridgend County Borough.

“Allotments offer valuable green space and have wider benefits for local communities. As well as providing good exercise and being a source of locally-produced food, allotment sites are also a valuable community asset where people meet and socialise.

“The authority currently provides a total of 430 plots across 19 allotment sites located throughout the county borough. We want to increase this number and make different types of allotments available, including community sites and plots suitable for disabled people.

“The council will be carrying out a review of the current provision and anticipated future demand with a view to optimising the use of allotments so that they are accessible to all sections of the community.

“We will also seek to ensure that they are well managed and maintained

Last Updated: 28/08/2014
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