Report of DCLG Survey of Allotments.

Margaret Campbell made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Margaret Campbell

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could I have access to a report which was carried out by the University of Derby on behalf of the DCLG - "The Survey of Allotments, Community Gardens and City Farms".

I'm aware that a document* summarising this work is published on the DCLG website, but would like access to the original background report from Derby.

Yours faithfully,

Margaret Campbell

(*Survey of Allotments, Community Gardens and City Farms: Urban Research Summary No.23, product code 06HC03845/20)

Benedicta Peters, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Dear Ms Campbell,

I am writing in response to your request for information of 6 March 2009 about the Survey of Allotments, Community Gardens and City Farms. Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that DCLG does hold the information that you have requested and that I am able to provide you with the full report.

Please note that the project was terminated before the draft had been finalised and that this draft was never intended for publication. The report being released is an unfinished draft which, as such, does not meet the standard normally expected by either the department or the contractor concerned.

You also need to be aware that we estimate that questionnaires were received on less than half of allotment sites in England which casts doubt on whether the findings presented in the report relating to sites are valid. The low response means that it is not possible to use this survey to estimate with confidence the numbers of allotment sites in England; and that the other findings relating to sites should be viewed with caution as they may not be representative of all allotment sites.

This information is subject to Crown Copyright. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research or private study you are carrying out and for purposes of news reporting. If you intend other forms of re-use, for example commercial publication, you would require the permission of the Office of Public Sector Information in respect of Crown Copyright material, in the form of a re-use licence. You can find details of how to apply for a licence to re-using Crown copyright on HMSO online at:

DCLG as an organisation aims to be as helpful as possible in the way it deals with requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If, however, you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been handled or the outcome, information about DCLG's review procedures and how to apply for an internal review of your case is contained on the DCLG website at This also explains your right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision in the event that you remain dissatisfied following the authority's review

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Benedicta Peters
Urban Green Spaces Team
Department for Communities and Local Government
5/B1Eland House
Bressenden Place

Tel. 020 7944 2677

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