Not only does an allotment ensure you have a regular supply of fruit and vegetables it also comes with a lot of extra benefits! Here's why having an allotment is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Keeping an allotment is a guaranteed way to keep fit. It can be physically demanding which most people enjoy as there is a purpose and focus to the active work.
There is nothing better for you than being outdoors in the fresh air and working the land.
“Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death,” The Guardian reports.
“A major review found people who regularly ate 800g of fruit and veg a day – 10 portions – had a significantly lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease. ” NHS
There are hundreds of different varieties of tomatoes and carrots that you can grow but how many do you see in the supermarket? Growing your own can gives you bigger choice and better produce.
Having an allotment is a wonderful way to meet people, there is a community spirit and support network where everyone has at least one thing in common!
Ideal Home says “Forget old men in sheds, these days owners are younger and more diverse than ever. You’ll often find a real community spirit on the allotment as well as social activities you can join in and many people say they’ve met friends for life there.”
In the U.K. one allotment produces on average over two thirds of a tonne of produce each year. That’s heavier than a full grown cow!
The average allotment in the U.K. produces crops worth a minimum value of £1,561 and with the average family spending around £900 a year on fruit and veg an allotment is definitely cost effective.
Save the Planet!
Reduce those food miles to food metres by growing them yourself and reduce the carbon foot print.
Did you know that for every ten carrots commercially grown seven are thrown away for being the wrong shape! Grow your own and be the judge of your own carrots and reduce food waste.
Know exactly how your food is grown and have the choice to grow organically.
Recycle and reuse materials when building your allotment.
Support British wildlife and insects.