A lot of value from the city's allotments
Allotments managed by Birmingham City Council annually produce food worth £4.3million according to a recently-published report.
The 2.9 tonnes of produce come from 7,300 council-managed plots, with details of the study being promoted to coincide with National Allotments Week (August 12-18).
Led by Birmingham City Council and the Consultancy for Environmental Economics & Policy, the information is contained within the study, entitled Birmingham Health Economic Assessment & Natural Capital Accounts: Revealing the True Value of Council-managed Parks and Green Estate.
Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “We’ve always known that allotments play an important role in the fabric of city life – but this report reveals just how important they really are.
“Providing healthy and sustainable produce with very few food miles, they are also a source of relatively inexpensive, nutritious and tasty fruit and veg.
“Growing food on an allotment has many benefits for the individual as well as society more broadly and they show exactly why we need to recognise the value that our green spaces, parks and allotments bring to the city as a whole.”
Anyone interested in taking on allotment plot in Birmingham should visit: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20090/allotments/173/allotments