Our allotments and urban green space are under real threat. We're bringing a legal challenge to protect them but we can't do it alone. Please contribute now and share this page with your friends and family.
Who are we?
We are the Friends of Cemetery Road Allotments - a group set up to campaign for the retention of our local allotments and urban green space, a place rich in biodiversity and vitally important to its longstanding inhabitants. Some of the plot holders have worked alongside each other for nearly 40 years, sharing friendship, gardening tips and home grown produce. For so many this space is a source of physical, social and mental wellbeing. It is a vibrant multicultural, close knit community who have suffered terribly with an uncertain future over the last two years.
Kirklees Council is building a school on neighbouring land and wants to use the allotments for sports pitches, however these could easily be accommodated elsewhere on the site. We would like to work towards a solution that benefits everyone, integrating the urban green space and allotments into a forward thinking sustainable community and conserving the existing biodiversity. We have the support of our local MP, celebrity endorsements from Jane Merrick, Toby Buckland and Matthew Appleby, our petition has raised 6700 signatures and there’s been lots of sympathetic TV and media coverage - this is a cause that has really captured hearts and minds.
Our case will affect many similar proposals in the UK as the housing shortage puts pressure on Councils to sacrifice urban green space and allotment land. We hope to prove this land is protected by law and that there should be greater effort to integrate this rich heritage into future plans. We need your support to achieve this, please contribute and share this page now.
Cemetery Road Allotments were set up in 1935 as permanent allotments. Kirklees council claim they are temporary and have appropriated the land without the consent of the Secretary of State. The judicial review will determine whether the council has acted lawfully or not and whether the decision should be set aside.
What are we trying to achieve?
We are crowdfunding to protect this precious land for our community and future generation’s health and wellbeing. If we win the Judicial review we will have the opportunity to present our mutually beneficial solutions to the Secretary of State.