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The key legal restriction is contained in the Allotments Act 1922,

whereby there is a general prohibition on any “trade or business”1 being

conducted on the allotment garden or any part thereof. An allotment

garden must, by definition, “be wholly or mainly cultivated for the

production of vegetable or fruit crops for consumption by the occupier

or his family”2. So allotment gardens can’t operate as market gardens, or

nurseries.

Furthermore, carrying out any form of trade, however small, on the

allotment site could also be interpreted as being in breach of this law.

 

http://www.organiclea.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/sellingallotmentproduce.pdf

 

People sell plants over the forum.

 

Are they selling legal plants?

 

If they are growing tomotoes on their rented allotment to sell on. Legally they are not allowed to sell them.

 

But they can sell the surplus of stuff they grow for themselves;

 

Allotment Gardeners Can Sell their Surplus Crop

There is however, no restriction on the distribution, by sale or otherwise,

of a certain proportion of the plotholder’s crop. Geoff Stokes, secretary

of the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) has stated

in a recent article: “there seems to be no justification in preventing

[an allotment] tenant from selling or otherwise disposing of ‘surplus’

produce”3. This view has been approved by Paul Clayden, author of The

Law of Allotments (Fifth Edition), and thus probably the leading specialist

on allotment law!

Of course the definition of ‘surplus’ is a grey area. According to Mick

Marston of the Soil Association, as far as the law, and the government,

are concerned, “limited commercial activity can take place as long as it is

ancillary to the main purpose”4.

 

How can SF stop this illegal activity from happening?

 

And should selling food you have grown yourself be illegal in the first place?

 

Maybe people in flats should get priority for allotments? (People with gardens can use their gardens)

 

The unemployed? (People still starve, but if the unemployed produced food...)

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I have personally seen the home gardens of some people that sell and/or give away tomatoes on the SF.

Please don't tarnish the good name of some tomoto sellers.

 

Btw- I have a MONSTER rhubarb plant, if anyone wants to swap some stalks for some apples?

 

Why would selling home-grown produce be illegal?

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http://www.organiclea.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/sellingallotmentproduce.pdf

 

People sell plants over the forum.

 

Are they selling legal plants?

 

If they are growing tomotoes on their rented allotment to sell on. Legally they are not allowed to sell them.

 

But they can sell the surplus of stuff they grow for themselves;

 

 

 

How can SF stop this illegal activity from happening?

 

And should selling food you have grown yourself be illegal in the first place?

 

Maybe people in flats should get priority for allotments? (People with gardens can use their gardens)

 

The unemployed? (People still starve, but if the unemployed produced food...)

 

as you are a law abiding citizen the I presume you have reported this law breaking to the appropriate authorities

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I have personally seen the home gardens of some people that sell and/or give away tomatoes on the SF.

Please don't tarnish the good name of some tomoto sellers.

 

Btw- I have a MONSTER rhubarb plant, if anyone wants to swap some stalks for some apples?

 

Why would selling home-grown produce be illegal?

 

Is the land owned privately?

 

Should people be allowed to sell plants for profit that they grow in their council house windows?

 

(I'm trying to raise a topic of discussion - I think we should be allowed to legally trade food, else we could starve!)

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as you are a law abiding citizen the I presume you have reported this law breaking to the appropriate authorities

 

I have not.

 

And if they made breathing illegal I wouldn't report anyone for that neither!

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Geoff Stokes of NSALG is pretty well informed about this sort of thing. He seems to think that it is fine to sell surplus produce, but not to try to make a living from selling.

 

Have a read at his article here .

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Geoff Stokes of NSALG is pretty well informed about this sort of thing. He seems to think that it is fine to sell surplus produce, but not to try to make a living from selling.

 

Have a read at his article here .

 

I have read this article and it is a very interesting one.

 

What is of great concern to me is that we have some very strict laws regarding the production of food by the landless class.

 

And totally opposite for the landowners.

 

It beggars belief, that we pay landowners an agricultural subsidy for merely owning land (CAP payments - they don't have to produce food to get paid, some of our Tory ministers have claimed MILLIONS!), and subsequently land sits idle.

 

Meanwhile, an unemployed man whom is landless is unable to rent land due to the allotment waiting list. If he does wait long enough to reach the top of the list, he can then RENT a plot at considerable cost.

The plot is of a small size (usually 1/16th of an acre (10 rods) and can be no larger than an acre (40 poles).

The land that he rents, he must use to grow food for himself, he cannot sell produce for personal gain.

 

Often people suggest the unemployed should be given food vouchers.

They even suggest these people be forced to work for their dole.

 

But why not force these people to grow their own food? To do with as THEY please.

 

It is because people do not have the right to grow their own food. Hence the need for welfare systems in the first place!

 

People should have the right to grow their own food. And they should be allowed to sell it. We talk of free-markets, yet we have land and currency monopoly.

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