National Allotments Week 2020 10 August till 16 August.
Our theme for 2020 is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables. Here is what our President Phil Gomersall has to say,
"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. 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.”
One of our members has written a piece about a social prescribing project in Dursley, Gloucester where allotment growing is prescribed by doctors on their Hospital Allotment
We would like to thank all of you who entered our NAW video competition, they are all up on our YouTube channel.
Although they will not be entered in to the competition we would love to see more! email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardeners World tv programme would also be interested in receiving videos from plot-holders CLICK HERE to see how to send videos in.
My Allotment Story - NAW Competition winners will be announced on 10 August.
National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. The campaign week is still thriving 18 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.
The NAS aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and we call on all those who value allotments to support us in this endeavour, we can all do our 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 your 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 National Allotment Society and support your regional allotment network to promote the allotment movement.
- Aspiring plot-holders - do not be put off by the thought of a long wait – sign up for a plot now; without waiting lists allotment authorities cannot assess demand.