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The theme of this year’s ‘National Allotments Week’ is 'Soil Health', focusing on the condition of our soil, what to plant and how to care for it to ensure a bumper harvest! "The NAS hope that this National Allotments Week will inform and educate gardeners old and new about the benefit of caring for the soil and the creatures that inhabit it."
The benefits to those who get out in the fresh air and enjoy gardening are well researched now, and there is boundless proof that working in your allotment can help both with physical and mental wellbeing.
The social positive aspect of allotments can be seen especially in those who suffer from loneliness. Many friendships are forged with other like-minded people who enjoy growing their own produce, and many picnics and shindigs on allotments are seen all over the country!
The fresh air, exercise and feeling of achievement blend together to offer a real sense of wellbeing which is good for your soul, body and sense of worth.
With this in mind, and if you are a newbie to allotment life, just what is the best way to get started? Here are some tips…
Contact your local council and ask for a list of allotment plots and contact details for these in your area. These could also be available on your council’s website. But be warned, there can be a long waiting list!
Growing your own tasty produce is good for you and good for the environment. So why not take the plunge and see about an allotment plot that you and your family can enjoy today!