The theme this year is “growing together” which hopefully will encourage individuals the opportunity to manage a plot of their own and grow their own food.
Allotment gardening is available to all sectors of the community from the unemployed to the professional and of course all races, religions and all levels of ability.
Karen Kenny, the National Allotment Society President, would like to invite you to visit an event during National Allotment Week and experience the joy of allotments for yourselves.
“We are proud of the Allotment Movement in Britain and its continued success in offering opportunities for families to provide for themselves, whilst also being a valuable resource to diverse groups of people. Social inclusion is an important part of allotment life and there are many projects for those with both physical and mental disabilities, as well as projects which target the socially disadvantaged. We also see whole families from toddlers right up to and including Granny and Granddad enjoying working together on their plots.”
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.
- 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.
To help celebrate this event we have visited some of Herefordshire’s allotments and community plots which include Community Gardens – Villa Street Saxon Hall and Hereford Council Council allotments by Asda.