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Lancaster District Allotment Review


Hello everyone We have received this email from Debs Simmonds regarding a survey of all the district allotment sites which they would like you to complete. Please read below and follow the instructions. Any problems contact Pete. We have sent the whole email to you to read what it is about. Thanks From: Debs Simmonds <allotment_review@lessuk.org> To: "daisybanksmithylane@aol.com" <daisybanksmithylane@aol.com> Sent: Monday, 23 October 2023 at 13:35:16 BST Subject: Allotment review survey link - please send to out To the allotment committee; Following on from my previous email, please could you forward the link below to all your members so that they can complete the online survey for the allotment review: Lancaster District Allotment Review – LESS UK When they click the link there are 3 surveys, one for plot holders, one for committee members and one for those on waiting lists/interested in getting an allotment. All completed surveys will be entered into a draw (one draw for each allotment site) to win a prize from a local food and/or gardening businesses. Thank you for your support and for facilitating access to the allotment members. If you need to include some explanation to plot holders please see below: My name is Deborah Simmonds and I am a freelance researcher working for LESS, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company set up in 2007 to provide practical support to help the residents of Lancashire live more sustainably (see lessuk.org). LESS is carrying out a review of allotments across Lancashire District and I am undertaking it. The review started in September and will be completed by 31st March 2024. The review will be looking at allotments across Lancaster District (which includes Bowland, Carnforth, Halton, Heysham, Lancaster, Morecambe and Silverdale). It will cover both council owned, parish council owned and independent allotment sites. It is being done in liaison with FoodFutures, North Lancashire’s sustainable food partnership and network (foodfutures.org.uk), and Lancaster City Council. The review will be carried out independently with input from allotment sites and current and potential allotment plot holders and stakeholders across the District. What will the review be looking at? The review will be looking at a variety of things that can be grouped into the following areas:

  • The present provision of allotments, where they are, site structure, and how the allotment sites are doing? Governance and committee structures; what’s going well and what’s not going so well? Are there any training or other support needs at present?

  • 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.

  • What’s happening on other community growing spaces in the district? (such as Claver Hill)

  • Future visions, recommendations and strategies for supporting allotments to thrive and develop into the future across Lancaster District.

  • National and local legislation and requirements for allotment provision.

The findings of the research will be shared with the FoodFutures partnership, Lancaster City Council, through an open public FoodFutures event and via articles in THRIVE magazine (foodfutures.org.uk/thrive) after the research has been completed. One of the ways that we are reaching out to allotment plot holders and committee members is through an online survey (see link to LESS website). We would encourage you to take part in this. All responses will be anonymised. The more information that we are able to gather, the more accurate and representative this review will be. All completed surveys will be entered into a draw (one draw for each allotment site) to win a prize from a local food and/or gardening businesses. Thank for your support and for facilitating access to the allotment members. If you have any questions at this stage, please contact allotment_review@lessuk.org Regards Deborah



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