Plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules announced
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has launched a consultation.
Plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules have been announced by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.
Areas being considered include whether councils should be required to provide plots in their area within a specified timeframe and whether councils have a duty to provide a specific number of allotments in their area per head of population.
Mr Lochhead said the number of people growing their own food in Scotland is increasing in popularity along with the desire to know where food comes from.
He added: "Allotments provide a range of benefits including better health, an opportunity to learn new skills, and an understanding of where food comes from, not forgetting the chance to eat the fruits of your labour.
"We’re committed to helping people to grow their own food and this consultation will consider what changes should be made to the existing legislation to make it simpler and fit for today’s community needs.
"Many communities have expressed a desire to get back to nature and more involved with growing their own food and that’s exactly what we’re working to make possible."
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