Next week is National Allotment Week (10th – 16th August), it is organised by The National Allotment Society (NSALG) which is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. They work with the government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all and offer support, guidance and advice to members and those with an interest in allotment gardening.
There are lots of events being organised on Allotments throughout the country including talks, cookery demonstrations, BBQs, children’s activities and raffles with tea, cakes and home grown produce for sale, click here to find out what is happening near you.
The National Allotment Week theme this year is designed to emphasize the benefits that allotments bring to everyone regardless of age or gender and to also highlight the fact that we all need to value our remaining plots and preserve them for future generations to enjoy, allotment sites are vulnerable to pressures from development and steps need to be taken to prevent further depletion of our allotments.
The demand is high for allotments often with long waiting lists, if you are interested in obtaining an allotment click here for more information.
Allotments are not just places to grow fruit and vegetables they are mini communities containing a wide range of people who have different lives, personalities, cultures and jobs but who all share the same passion for gardening.
As well as growing fruit and vegetables, there is so much more you can do on an allotment:
- Relax and recuperate
- Have a BBQ or Picnic
- Watch and make homes/habitats for wildlife
- Experiment with new crops
- Teach children how to grow food
- Keep chickens and livestock
- Have Bee hives and produce your own honey
- Share your gardening knowledge and learn new skills from your allotment neighbours
- Hold seasonal fruit and vegetable shows
- Have fun growing competitions
- Arrange visits from schools and community groups to educate them about growing crops
- Hold open days to encourage others
I feel extremely privileged to have an allotment, sometimes they can be hard work and you do need to have a certain amount of free time to look after them but the rewards far outweigh the effort, there is nothing more satisfying than eating home grown produce that has been freshly picked, my allotment is my retreat where I can switch off, unwind and can be in harmony with nature – I love it!