Wales politics

Allotment drive to get councils to free up land

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Media captionNew guidance promises to free up more land and reduce waiting lists for allotments in Wales

More people will be given the chance to "grow their own" if plans to free up land for use as allotments bear fruit.

Local authorities will be urged to provide more plots and make better use of existing sites under new guidelines.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant said more could be done.

"Allotments enable people to grow fresh, sustainable produce for themselves and their families and encourage better community cohesion and welfare," he said.

"It's vital that we continue to support and promote their use and allow as many people as possible to reap the obvious benefits."

Mr Sargeant said he was taking action in response to public consultation on the availability of allotments.

The Welsh Local Government Association has been asked to comment.

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Image caption Allotments are seen as a way of promoting healthy living and eating

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