The benefits of having an allotment

Allotment Week

The aim of National Allotment Week (5th – 11th August) is to make people more aware of the benefits of having an allotment.

So what are the benefits? For a start, you can grow your own fruit and vegetables. There’s something very satisfying about sitting down to a healthy meal made from food that you’ve grown and harvested yourself.

You'll also be out in the open air getting some exercise which is not only good for you physically, but mentally too.

It can also be a good way to meet new people. Sharing advice and experiences with other allotment owners while you work can be a real bonding activity!

Sadly, allotments are constantly under threat from developers so it’s important that local communities support allotments. This year the organisers of the week are asking allotment gardeners and local residents to come together to 'Party on the Plot'.

So if you enjoy gardening why not get involved! To find out about allotment gardening, visit the National Allotment Society at www.nsalg.org.uk.