Edinburgh adds to its plots

On Monday 25th Edinburgh City Council announced the opening of three new allotment sites – at Stockbridge, Pilrig and Dumbrydon – creating a total of 68 new plots across the city.  This is will make a small dent in the current waiting list of 2,500 would be allotment gardeners, but it is still very welcome.

Even more welcome is that Edinburgh has stated its firm intention to identify and prepare yet more sites.  It is not cheap to create a new site.  For example the Stockbridge site, which was created from an overgrown area of old derelict tenements, cost £90,000 to convert into 21 plots.  We must hope that Edinburgh continues to recognise that the benefits in increased social wellbeing and physical health enjoyed by allotmenteers are well worth the investment.

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