National Allotments Week 2021 9 August till 15 August.
Our theme in 2021 is Plotting for the Future; we will be celebrating the contribution that allotments make to a sustainable future.
The NAS Virtual Allotment Show
This is a call-out to all NAS members - celebrate your skills and achievements and enter our NAW Virtual Show. We will feature the winners during the campaign week on FB, YouTube and here on the website.
Site/Association- £100 prize for each category and Kings seeds for the runner up in each one.
Most attractive communal building/area- video or slide show
Most family friendly site – statistics/stories/photos of families gardening
Best Outreach project – Story/photos/reference from partner
Adult - £50 prize for each category and Kings seeds for the runner up in each one.
5 perfect (or almost) Veg- up to 3 photos
Most unusual fruit grown on plot – up to 3 photos
Garden in a cup – flowers and foliage – up to 3 photos
Child- £25 prize for each category and Kings seeds for 2 runners up in each one.
Veggie monsters - create your own creature with veg, fruit and herbs – up to 3 photos
Wildlife friendly project (pond in a bucket/bee or insect homes etc)- up to 3 photos
NAS On-line talks - these will be part of the Virtual Allotment Show and cover Organic Growing, Plotting on a shoestring, Composting, No-dig plotting and Water Use on Allotments.
New Allotment Sites. Do you know of a site near you that has been created in the last 3 years? Email email@example.com and we will add it to our good news list.
Socially distanced events. Last year a few sites did open for socially distanced events, raising money for charity and showcasing their skills. One such event was Kenilworth Allotments Open Day and there is a short film about the day on this page. www.kenilworthallotments.org/news The day was very well-attended with 500+ visitors walking around a calm, fabulously presented site who dug into their pockets with donations on the gate and at the produce stall. If you are thinking of doing so this year (covid19 regulations permitting) let us know and we will supply a poster and publicity materials
CLICK HERE to read more about the benefits of allotment gardening.
We would like to thank all of you who entered our 2020 NAW video competition, they are all up on our YouTube channel. We had a very hard time choosing some winners.
NAW Competition 202 winners below.
Child: Tom and his happy, furry hens
Association Joint Winners - Green Lane Growers at Acomb and Chickerell Allotments
Highly commended: Child - Jasper, Daniel and Noah, however we loved all the entries and will be in touch with some free seeds for all the children.
Highly commended: Adult: Owen, Tanya and Simon.
Highly commended: Association: Beckington Allotments, HASSRA Garden Club and Wellesbourne Allotments
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.