National Allotments Week is celebrated on 12th – 18th August 2019, 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.

Man digging at allotment

The theme of this year’s National Allotments Week is “Shared Harvest,” this celebrates that allotment owners and plot-holders share their crops with family, friends, colleagues and even food banks. This year the National Allotment Society will be encouraging those to continue doing so. Each plot in the UK can benefit up to 8 people!

Throughout this week in August there will be a range of allotment open days and events held all over the UK.

Here are eight 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 to away from busy everyday life.
  • There is something very satisfying about growing our own fruit and vegetables, then sitting down to a healthy meal made from food you’ve grown and harvested yourself.
  • 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 have fun while you grow!

Woman gardening on allotment

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.

Happy gardening!