National Allotment Week (14th – 20th August) celebrates allotments and the benefits that they bring - not only to those who garden them but to the wildlife that inhabit them.
So, what are the benefits of having an allotment? 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. Did you know that just 30 minutes of gardening on your allotment can burn around 150 calories, the same as doing low impact aerobics? Spending as little as 15 minutes a day out in the summer sunshine can also build up your levels of vitamin D which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
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!
Finally, allotments are an essential habitat for wildlife. By cultivating an allotment, you are helping to keep biodiversity levels buoyant. Sadly, allotments are constantly under threat from developers so it’s important that local communities support allotments.
If you enjoy gardening why not get involved! To find out more about allotment gardening, visit the National Allotment Society at www.nsalg.org.uk. We would love to see a photo of your allotments - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share it on social media.