Allotments for Gardeners
Over 150,000 people are already enjoying the benefits of working an allotment.
Research from the National Association of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners has found that allotment users save an average of £1,564 annually on their grocery bills. A ’10 pole’ (250m2) allotment, properly managed, can feed a family of four for an entire year. And these gardeners all reassured by knowing that all they have grown is completely natural and organic, as opposed to vegetables purchased from supermarkets which have often been bathed in chemicals.
But it’s not just the possibility of saving money why so many people in England love their allotments. It gives people who spend their working week inside offices and factories a chance to do something productive outside, together with a tremendous sense of achievement when nurturing their crops.
Allotments are not just for retirees any more. Celebrity chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have introduced the benefits of growing your own food to an entirely new generation. Single mums are now the group that are now most interested in owning an allotment, with one in three saying that they would like one.
And then there are countless environmental benefits for ‘growing your own’ as well – less waste on packaging, less reliance upon food imported from outside Britain and less transport costs which leads to reduced CO2 emissions. With all of these advantages, it should come as no surprise to learn that the government is offering full support for a modern day ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign.
Yet there is a problem. Although local authorities are legally obliged to provide a ‘sufficient number’ of plots to all who require one, in practice there are long waiting lists for an allotment in most parts of the country. Over the past decade, the number of individuals wanting a plot has gone up, while the total number of plots in England and Wales has gone down. In total, there are more than 250,000 people currently on the waiting list. In some areas the waiting period is over 10 years. In other areas, the local authorities have closed waiting lists altogether as they know that there is no chance of being able to provide plots to all who want one at any time in the foreseeable future.
So what other options do those who would like an allotment plot have?
Allotments Plots provides an alternative to a lengthy wait, offering those who would like to rent or buy a plot of their own the chance to do so immediately.
And all these plots are far removed from most of the often neglected council-owned and run sites you will find across much of the UK. Allotment Plots Ltd intend to provide the Plot Holders with everything to make the most from his or her plot, including 24-hour security, easy access to water plus a whole host of other facilities providing owners with a social element to their hobby, including a club house, children’s playground plus other attractions according to the site such as a boating lake, river frontage, bowling green, etc.
All extra leisure facilities are subject to the appropriate planning permissions being granted.View our list of sites View our Buying Guide