National Allotments Week 2019- 12 to 18 August
What did you do for National Allotments Week?
During National Allotments Week 2018 allotment sites across the UK are opened their gates, showed off their skills, shared their joy in gardening and communal endeavour in order to encourage everyone to get "living and growing" food in their own gardens, balconies and backyards.
Many thanks to all of you who took part and we hope that you will take part next year too. Some allotments also opened as part of the National Garden Scheme, which raises money for nursing charities and they are taking applications at the moment (during September). Click here to look at the entry for Washbrook Allotments in Leicester.
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 12 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 a community asset. Allotment Federations -keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby your councillors and MPs. Click here to read more about Community Rights
- 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.