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National Allotments Week August 10-16

The joy of growing your own food with an allotment
The joy of growing your own food with an allotment

2020’s theme: Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing

It’s that time of year again for National Allotments Week, a time to celebrate all things allotmenteering.

Run by the National Allotment Society (NAS), the theme is Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing, highlighting the benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and veg.

NAS president Phil Gomersall said: “This year, every week has been National Allotments Week, with more people than ever realising that growing your own food is a great way of eating healthily, getting some outdoor exercise in the fresh air and acquiring new skills.

National Allotment Week‘Contact with nature’

“Plot-holders have also benefited from the contact with nature and the easy camaraderie on allotment sites, helping to retain their mental health and stay positive during these worrying times.”

National Allotments Week started in 2002 to raise awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities.

Eighteen years later, interest in growing your own has never been stronger since the Dig for Victory campaign during World War Two.

A woman and a Westminster Civil Defence Warden spread manure on their allotment in Kensington Gardens, 1942. Behind them, the Albert Memorial can be seen
A woman and a Westminster Civil Defence Warden spread manure on their allotment in Kensington Gardens, 1942. Behind them, the Albert Memorial can be seen

Do your part

The NAS aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and asks everyone to do their part:

  • Allotment associations – protect your site, register as an Asset of Community Value. Click here to read more about Community Rights.
  • Allotment Federations – keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby councillors and MPs.
  • Councils – preserve and value your allotment service – it has the potential to deliver some of your public health targets.
  • Plot-holders – join the NAS and support your regional allotment network.
  • Aspiring plot-holders – do not be put off by a long wait – sign up for a plot now; without waiting lists, allotment authorities cannot assess demand.

For more information, visit www.nsalg.org.uk.

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