Friends, I will commence with the state of the Federation. As you know the atmosphere within it is pleasant and there is no acrimony, but the size of the Federation is still small. Not many sites feel any interest in joining, and I have managed to recruit but one new member this year. So as we are all aware that Trafford allotments need a political voice, the first issue facing us is to think of ways to develop the Federation.
Let me stress that it is not a substitute for the Forum, which is a council body, but we must be aware that the forum has a limited lifespan, for it is very much Janet Long’s baby, and she is not far from retirement, so it probably finishes as and when she retires. So we will need a federation to represent us.
It seems to me that we must be seen by council and public as a resource and not a nuisance. So we must present our sites as attractive, even beautiful when possible, and maybe we can be a source of advice to amateur gardeners in our community. We must never cause any problems to the council, and we must ensure that we make friends with local councillors to support us in our endeavours.
We must all be aware of the rationale for allotments, which was primarily food for the ordinary people. But we must also be cognisant of the health benefits, both physical and mental, that ensue from gardening. The social benefits are enormous, when allotments are run rightly. We must be constantly promoting these to society and to politicians.
I thank you for your attention and invite your comments.
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