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Allotments Seminar: ‘Lockdowns and leeks’ – the growing importance of allotments

7 October 2020 10:00 – 13:00

£99 +VAT (APSE members) £149 +VAT (non-members)


This seminar will take place on Microsoft Teams

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About the seminar

The strange times we now find ourselves in has led many to re-assess their lifestyles. From being very much a 24/7 consumer driven culture, many are now adopting a more reflective approach where personal mental and physical well-being is becoming more important than material wealth.

Part of that reassessment involves our long overdue reconnection with the natural world. During the current pandemic, our local greenspaces have become sanctuaries for many when other leisure pursuits have been closed to us.

Gardening and growing our own food, has increased in popularity as the restrictions of lock-down have taken their toll. Nowhere has this been more apparent in the huge increase in the demand for allotments.

Figures released by the National Allotment Society (NAS) revealed that of the councils which responded to a recent survey, over 40% reported a “significant uplift” in applications to join waiting lists, with a 300% increase in one case

This increase in demand is set against a 65% decline in the total area of allotment land available caused by the growing demand for new housing land.

This worrying figure is more concerning, when we consider recent figures show that with regards to personal greenspace, as much as one in eight of the UK population have no access to a garden, the figures are even worse in London where one in five do not access to a garden.

Perhaps now is the time to take stock of the current state of our allotments and look at how local authorities and allotment groups across the UK are managing their current allotment sites, introducing new allotment sites, making allotment sites more sustainable and environmentally friendly and even digitising the way they manage and record these valuable assets. Going on stage further the seminar will also look at the issue of urban agriculture and how some organisations are developing community food hubs to help address issues such as food security, healthier eating, community cohesion and the promotion of organic food growing.

It is against this backdrop of increasing interest and demand that APSE’s 2020 Allotment Seminar intends to highlight best practice and innovation to secure the long-term future of these valuable environmental and community assets.

Therefore, the seminar is a MUST ATTEND EVENT for those officers and members who want to look at new ways of dealing with allotment and community food growing issues.


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Seminar Title: APSE Allotments Online Seminar 2020

Seminar Date: Wednesday 7 October 2020 

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APSE Members Delegate Fee:               £99 + VAT
APSE Non-Members Delegate Fee:       £149 + VAT
Commercial Organisations:                     £249 + VAT

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APSE Members Delegate Fee:               £99 + VAT
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Reservation is a contract. Substitution of delegates is acceptable any time in writing by email to SCull@apse.org.uk. Cancellations must be made in writing at least 10 working days before the event, and will incur a 20% administration fee. No refunds can be given for cancellations received less than 10 working days before the event or for nonattendance. In the unlikely event of cancellation by the organisers, liability will be restricted to the refund of fees paid. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme, speakers or mode of delivery should this become necessary. If due to emergency action by UK Governments/Administrations or Public Agencies this event is postponed, for example for reasons of public health and safety, the organisers will transfer your booking to the replacement event or provide a credit voucher against a future event booking.

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APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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