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Allotment Mapping Project

By Amy - Posted on 16 February 2015

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A group from Transition Durham has launched a project to collect and share information about allotments in County Durham.

The Durham Local Food team are passionate about local food and are working in collaboration with Durham County Council to develop a publicly accessible database to help gardeners find a plot to grow on.

Researcher Wilf Richards explained “Our online allotment map will enable gardeners to search for nearby allotment sites. We intend to include other useful information such as who owns the site and who to contact to rent an allotment. We'd like gardeners in County Durham to tell us about their local allotment so it can be included. Many allotment sites are privately owned and this is where your help is particularly needed as we would like to include these as well as council-owned sites.”

The project aims to increase awareness of allotments, improve access to allotments, provide a forum for communication between allotment holders and increase the number of people growing their own food in County Durham.

The team of researchers are initially focusing on the four non-parished areas of the County. That includes Durham City; Chester le Street; Crook and areas around Bishop Auckland, Howden-le-Wear, St Helen Auckland and Coundon; and the Consett / Burnhopfield area. Once gathered, information will be shared on the allotments map on this site.

Whether you have site specific site information (location, owner, manager, number of plots) or if you can help in any other way, then please get in touch with the team by phoning Wilf on 07906 439 084, emailing or messaging

Transition Durham is part of the international Transition Network that encourages local actions that can help to address global environmental issues. More information about other local transition town projects can be found at

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