I was pleased to read A Lot to Learn by Dave Goulson (Issue 318), as I have long believed that urban allotments on a local level can help improve and enhance our environment for wildlife and people. However, the article gave me the impression that allotments are all managed organically, which in my experience they are not. In 2014, I became the site representative of a large allotment site in Bristol and it was common practice for tenants to use slug pellets, Roundup and even Jeyes Fluid to keep plots free from pests. There are more organic, no-dig growers on site now, but ...


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