National Allotments Week 2020 10 August till 16 August.
Our theme for 2020 will be Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.
Photographer Rob Stewart from the East Midlands has very kindly allowed us to share his photo essay about Allotments and Mental Health.
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 13 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.
A Shared Harvest - in 2019 we celebrated the Shared Harvest from our precious plots. There comes a time in every growing season when plants produce more crops than any plot-holder can freeze, pickle or jam and generous allotment holders begin to arrive at work with baskets of plums, armfuls of rhubarb and Tupperware full of green beans. Many plot-holders also share their produce with worthy causes and this year we have also taken a look at the practice of donating crops to food banks.
Washbrook Allotments in Leicester make donations to the nearby South Wigston food bank. The practice began in 2016, following a chance meeting between a committee member and the food bank manager through the National Gardens Scheme. The bank provides bread loaf trays for surplus produce, and these are collected every Sunday from the Society’s trading hut, where donating has become an integral part of allotment life. Click here for more case studies
Click here for some good practice tips
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.