National Allotments Week 2021 9 August till 15 August.
Our theme for 2020 was Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables. Our theme in 2021 will be Plotting for the Future; we will be celebrating the contribution that allotments make to a sustainable future.
Here is what our President Phil Gomersall had to say in 2020,
"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.”
CLICK HERE to read more about the benefits of allotment gardening.
We would like to thank all of you who entered our NAW video competition, they are all up on our YouTube channel. We had a very hard time choosing some winners.
My Allotment Story - NAW Competition and the winners are......
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.