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22 July 2021

The benefits of having an allotment

National Allotments Week is celebrated on 10th – 16th August 2020. It was created by The National Allotment Society to raise awareness of the importance and enjoyment that can be achieved from having this outside space to grow your own food and plants.

The National Allotment Society otherwise known as NAS are the leading organisation for the allotment community all over the UK. They work with various organisations and the government to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all.

In 2011, the Prince of Wales agreed to become the Patron of the National Allotment Society. As an avid gardener and advocate of green issues, he was keen to protect and promote this wonderful UK tradition.

The theme for this year’s National Allotment Week is Plotting for the Future, which is celebrating the contribution that allotments make to a sustainable future. The aim is to improve the health of our planet making it cleaner and safer for generations to come.

Allotments are a great way to ensure a healthier lifestyle, in part from the exercise or the friendships made within the communities. Also, another benefit is that growing your own organic fruit and vegetables that later grace your dining table is truly satisfying.

Here are some other great benefits of joining in with this very traditional British passion:  

  • Having an allotment can help you live a healthier lifestyle. If you don’t like the idea of pesticides in your food, an allotment allows you to choose what goes into your soil. You can also grow varieties that you might not find in the shops. An allotment can also give you a peaceful place to escape away from busy everyday life.
  • Meet new people and make new friends with fellow plot-holders. Sharing advice and experiences with other allotment owners while you work can be a real bonding activity.
  • Save money on expensive supermarket fruit and vegetables.
  • Getting outdoors within nature and plants is good for our mental health and wellbeing. Spending as little as 15 minutes a day out in the summer sunshine can build up our levels of vitamin D which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
  • The exercise that comes with gardening on an allotment can be great for your physical health. Get those joints moving and limbs stretching. Did you know that just 30 minutes of gardening on your allotment can burn around 150 calories, the same as doing low impact aerobics?
  • Help your community to keep thriving as well as essential wildlife that may inhabit in and around allotments.
  • Having your own plot of land to lay out however you like can really get your creative juices flowing, not only will you feel a sense of achievement when you’ve grown your first vegetable but also the sense of enjoyment is there too. 

Don't forget to get kitted out in the correct clothing for gardening. Old clothes that you don't mind getting muddy are a great option. If you struggle to find wellies that fit and need wider fit shoes, our range of waterproof CosyTex™ boots and shoes may be perfect for you when you're pottering in the garden.

Happy gardening!

If you have a photo of your allotment, or something you have grown in it, we would love to see it and can share it on our social media pages.