Stately Homes become 'grow your own' allotments
The National Trust is to turn over area of land within the grounds of Stately Homes to become grow your own allotments.
They will make 140 new allotments available to the public to use as allotments and grow their own fresh fruit, vegetables and other plants.
After a long period of neglect the allotment movement in Britain has over the last few years been gaining momentum and people across the UK are queuing up to get allotments from the dwindling stocks as allotments have been bought up and built on by developers since the 80's.
The success of the National Trust allotments in Cotehele in Cornwal has led to this new release and the aim is to create 1000 new allotments over the coming years.
The National Trust is to create 140 new allotments in Cornwall and Devon to help individuals and communities grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The move is part of a scheme by the trust to release enough land for up to 1,000 allotments across the UK by 2012.
The plans include new allotments at Wembury in Devon and adding to those available at Cotehele in Cornwall.
The release will be organised through the Landshare website, which matches growers with available land.
There's something in the air. More and more people want to grow their own fruit and vegetables
National Trust director general Fiona Reynolds
At Wembury, about two hectares of land have been set aside for 40 plots, which will be the first allotments the site has had.