Demand for allotments is at an all-time high with some waiting lists decades-long, research has found.
A poll carried out by home insurance company LV suggests that more than 80,000 people are holding out for a plot.
The average wait is three years, and in the quietest areas - North Shropshire, Nottingham City and Bassetlaw District in Nottinghamshire - only five months.
Camden and Islington in London and Blyth Valley council in Northumberland are especially over-subscribed, with waiting lists of 40, 25 and 30 years respectively.
Geoff Stokes, secretary of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) said news of an all time high demand for owning allotments is “encouraging”.
Mr Stokes said: “Allotment gardening is a fantastic hobby and has so many benefits, it’s cheap, it’s good for you, and it can save you hundreds of pounds a year on food.”
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