Helping feed a city

A recent article, ‘Feeding a city – Leicester as a case study of the importance of allotments for horticultural production in the UK’, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, provides a fascinating insight into the importance of allotments in providing food for urban populations.


Urban agriculture provides important ecosystem services to people living in cities.

Allotment gardening in 1.5% land within a city provides fresh produce for 3% of population.

Crop yields achieved by own-growers were similar to commercial crop yields.

Availability of land for own-growing has significantly declined since the 1950s.

Urban food security could be increased by providing more allotment land.


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