The current Threat to British Allotments and indirectly Fungi
In this current blog posting I am deviating a little from my usual topic of talking strictly about Fungi.
At the moment there is a controversial issue taking place in the UK concerning our precious allotment plots.
To set the scene - in 1940 there were 1.4 million allotment plots in the UK. Due to closures, and plots being sold off for re-development, ie. housing, dwellings, etc there are now only approximately 155,000 left in the UK. Between 2010 and 2013 the Communities UK Government Department closed down over 5,000 plots. This is a very sorry and worrying state of affairs. The future of UK allotments has now reached a critical juncture
The reason I decided to include this topic in my Fungi Blogs is that there are multiple reasons for preserving the plots we have left - and in fact to create more.
- Allotments plots are a haven for insects, bees, birds, the list is comprehensive, and the subject I'm passionate about being Fungi.
Allotments have piles of manure, wood-chippings, hedges, trees, grass, tree roots and the list is endless - all where fungi grow. Fungi need protecting. Fungi are natures recyclers and are an integral part of the eco system and have a symbiotic relationship with trees. It becomes apparent that the more allotments that are destroyed the less fungi and all the other flora, and insects we have. There is the potential for imbalance.
This is just one aspect. What about the pleasure factor it gives individuals and families. What about the health benefits of relaxing in the allotment and growing nearly organic vegetables. What about the community and social aspect of these little communities which are an oasis to get away from the fast pace of modern living.
On the 25th July 2014 an allotment closure in West Watford Hertfordshire is taking on the Communities Agency and Mr Eric Pickles. The case hopes to be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice and if you could tweet or donate some funds to help fight this case which could well be a precedent to the remaining allotments/plots in the UK, then please
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
The Royal Courts of Justice recently delivered their judgement and ruled in favour of Home Farm Terrace Allotments. This means, that for now, the allotments are safe from development.