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Jersey Allotments & Leisure Gardening Association

EDD Issue press release

Work has started at Les Creux Country Park on the Island’s first public allotments. Planning consent for the allotments was granted under the rules of association of the Jersey Allotment and Leisure Gardening Association (JALGA), a non-profit making charitable purpose trust. JALGA was formed following a report by the Economic Development Working Party on Allotments, which was set up in early 2009 by Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Connétable Len Norman, and was chaired by Jeff Hathaway.

Mr Hathaway, now chairman of JALGA, said: “Although the working party report was generally well received, there was a clear issue with funding and the setting up of a body to oversee allotment development in the Island – an issue that the working party itself had been divided upon. The Assistant Minister therefore set the challenge to find an alternative and independent vehicle and suggested that the already earmarked site at Les Creux in St Brelade could act as the model development scheme.”  

The States of Jersey Planning and Environment Department, which was also closely involved with the working party, have endorsed JALGA by making their rules of association a condition of planning consent. It has also adopted criteria formulated by the working party, and subsequently appended by JALGA, into the planning guidelines as presented in the Island Plan Review.  

Connétable Norman commented: “This is a tremendous achievement and sets the way forward for allotment development in Jersey. We can now be confident that allotments under the JALGA banner will be well run and sufficiently regulated. I would like to thank Jeff Hathaway who has seen this project through and has found a solution that EDD is happy to recognise and support.”  

The idea for a trust originally came from the late Jersey advocate Chris Lakeman, a former States Senator and partner in law firm Le Gallais & Luce, who identified the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 as being the perfect instrument for the development of allotments in Jersey under a common constitution, rules of association and management plan. The firm has since undertaken the considerable legal work that has been required to build the trust structure pro-bono. JALGA is itself controlled by a committee of trustees and administered by a voluntary executive, as are all the allotment groups operating under its banner.  

JALGA is honoured that Medwyn Williams MBE AHRHS FNVS has agreed to become patron of the Association.  

Medwyn is ten times gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, current chairman of the National Vegetable Society (and president of the Welsh branch of the same society), a member of the Fruit and Vegetable Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society and a regular expert contributor to BBC Radio 4's Gardeners’ Question Time. He also run his own specialist nursery business.  

Mr Hathaway said: "For the Association to enjoy the patronage of such a highly respected figure in the horticultural world is tremendous. We are simply delighted."
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