Growing relationships with allotment holders

Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

The leader of Havant Borough Council, Councillor Alex Rennie, recently met with allotment holders in Emsworth, following his pledge to visit sites in the borough.

Recognising the importance of allotments, Councillor Rennie was keen to unearth the issues faced by keen gardeners when tending their patch.

Joined by Norse South East, who manage the allotments on behalf of the council, representatives from the Warblington Road site gave a tour of the plots, highlighting their concerns around managing them.

During the visit it was recognised the immense social, physical and mental benefits that come with managing an allotment plot, with Councillor Rennie complimenting the colourful and tasty assortment of crops growing.

After the visit, the Leader said “It was wonderful to meet with allotment holders and to see how dedicated they are.  I really want to improve the experience they have whilst tending their plots and to find positive solutions that can help with that.”   

“Allotments really are special places and one of our aims is to return idle and overgrown plots back into use, offering a choice of size and hiring of equipment to those just starting out."   

Watch a video of Councillor Rennie's time on the allotment.

The council has 12 allotment sites with a total of 770 plots across the borough. Find out more via our dedicated allotments webpage.