Monty Don advocated a sharing scheme in which older people, those with disabilities or people who are simply too busy would allow others to tend their land.
The television gardener, talking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, said that everyone should have access to land they can manage, arguing that all houses must come with a garden, and all flats an allotment.
Failing this, Don said, he would like to see a “sharing scheme”, where those who cannot tend their garden, or are “simply happy to share it” could work with those without.
Don said there is a problem of not enough youngsters coming through as gardeners.
He said after showing initial interest at primary school, children usually lose their gardening interest at the age of 10.
Don added: “I would like to see a garden or an allotment compulsory, so if it’s a flat, it comes with an allotment, and if it’s a house, it has to have a garden.”
The 58-year-old celebrity was talking to publicise his new book, The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey.
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