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30 new allotments for Leicester as demand grows

Allotment in Leicester Photo: ITV Central

For the first time in 30 years, new allotments have been released by Leicester City Council for local people to grow their own fruit and veg. The popularity of allotment gardening has soared in recent years, and demand for plots has far outstripped supply.

Allotment in Leicester Credit: ITV Central

In Leicester there are nearly 200 people on the waiting list for an allotment at one of the citys 43 sites. 30 new plots have been released at White House Allotments in New Parks in Leicester.

This is one of the most deprived wards in the city, with high levels of unemployment, which is one of the reasons people are turning to growing their own, to save money.

Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby says he is absolutely committed to releasing more areas of unused land, owned by the city council, for allotment use.