Allotments provide a great, safe place for a range of people within the community offering the chance to grow your own food, educate school children and can even provide therapeutic opportunities for the bereaved and those suffering from mental health issues.
The National Allotment Society aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and highlights the importance of accessing green space for everyone and it is estimated there are 330,000 allotments in the UK. From 8-11th August, to celebrate National Allotment Week, allotment associations across the UK will be holding events to welcome in the wider community that you can join in with and the theme of the week will be “growing together”.
Karen Kenny, the National Allotment Society President said “We are proud of the Allotment Movement in Britain and its continued success in offering opportunities for families to provide for themselves, whilst also being a valuable resource to diverse groups of people. Social inclusion is an important part of allotment life and there are many projects for those with both physical and mental disabilities, as well as projects which target the socially disadvantaged. We also see whole families from toddlers right up to and including Granny and Granddad enjoying working together on their plots.”
If you would like to find out more information about the allocation of allotments and how you can support your local community, please join the NAS's campaign to 'Protect Your Plots'.