The National Allotment Society - National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd

National Allotments Week 2022

 

Take The National Allotments Week 2022 Bug Survey

As part of National Allotments Week 2022 we are working with Buglife to find out exactly which creepy crawlies are lurking in your plot!

Our National Allotments Week theme for 2022 is Bugs, Bees and Broccoli and acknowledges the importance of gardening with nature in mind.

An allotment plot is a complex web of plants, micro-organisms, fungi, insects and animals that not only produces food but also supports eco-system services such as pollination and offers a refuge for wildlife in urban areas.

 

 

Get involved and take this fun, easy survey on your plot this summer to contribute to the monitoring of mini beasts.

Whether you are a member of the NAS or not, young, old or somewhere in between -  this is a great way to get everyone down on the allotment and working towards the preservation of insects in the UK.

Download the survey

Click the link to open the PDF, then right Click and select 'Save As'

Follow the instructions and send us your results via the link in the survey.

Find the accompanying information sheet to help you identify what (or who!) you spot!

Children aged 2-12 can take part in the Big Bug Hunt and be in with a chance to win a prize as part of National Allotments Week. Find out more here

Bugslife say:

‘Bugs are so important to the healthy functioning of our allotments. As gardeners we tend to focus on the ‘pests’ and ignore all the great work the other bugs are doing for us, but if they were not we would miss them be it pollinating our fruit and veg, controlling our pests or improving our soil they are vital to healthy growing.’

 

Having an event at your allotment site?

Email with your membership number to marketing@nsalg.org.uk for digital copies of this year's posters that you can print yourself at home or ask for printed versions to be sent to you and let everyone know what you are up to and where!

Posters will be dispatched end of June 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out open days up and down the UK HERE

 

Young people aged 2-12 can take part in The Big Bug Hunt with their school or learning community!

Being outside has such a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children and the summer holidays are the perfect time for them to have fun outdoors and learn a bit about their surroundings.

Pupils at schools and early years settings taking part can email a pictures or a scan of their finished worksheet with their name, the school's name and address to natsoc@nsalg.org.uk by 14th August.

The school or setting that has the MOST bug hunts returned in their region will win a prize - so get hunting!

The NAS are sending bug hunts to 125 school in 11 regions up and down the UK but there are plenty more!

Find out more and grab a copy for your school, early years settings here

Our theme in 2021 was Plotting for the Future; celebrating  the contribution that allotments make to a sustainable future

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 20 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.