A number of people have recently contacted me requesting an allotment.

Whilst government does not have any plans at the moment to provide more allotments in North Down there's lots of great initiatives being undertaken by groups.

Check out Growing Connections in Bangor. Alternatively visit Holywood Transition Town and find out more about the inspirational work they are undertaking at Redburn Primary School.

Growing Connections and the work being undertaken by Holywood Transition Town proves that government doesn't always have to do everything. The needs of people can often be better met by local communities themselves.