Portsmouth City Council has allocated £35,000 to improve security at the city's allotments. 

Improvements are set to be made across the city's eleven sites and allotment associations have been asked for their proposals on how they would like the money spent.

The money is part of the council's capital budget which invests in a range of infrastructure schemes throughout the city like buildings and facilities, rather than the day-to-day running of council services that have to be paid through a separate revenue budget.

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said; "Allotments in the city are really popular with residents - for many it's their only opportunity to have some outdoor space to indulge their passion for gardening and growing. 

"We want to make sure these spaces are well looked after and secure so they continue to give pleasure to those who invest their time and effort in them.  This funding will help to protect our allotment areas and it's important to invest in keeping them secure and looked after as they're such a valuable asset collectively and to the individuals who nurture them.  I look forward to working with our allotment associations on allocating the funding we've provided."