National Allotments Week is an annual awareness event run by The National Allotment Society to help protect allotments and encourage individuals and communities alike to start their own allotments.
When is National Allotments Week?
This year’s event, which runs from the 9 August till 15 August, has a theme of ‘Plotting for the Future’ a celebration of the contribution that allotments make to a sustainable future.
Health and wellbeing benefits…
In recent years, an increasing number of people have started to experience and understand the benefits that come with growing your own. It gives you loads of fresh air, exercise and a chance to reconnect with nature.
It also gives you the control and knowledge of where your food is coming from and what is being used to help grow it. Eating fresh and seasonal fruit and veg can provide a wider variety of nutrients and, by getting outside, can increase your physical activity. Gardening is also beneficial for your mental health and has been described as "mind food", which is gentle physical activity which is rewarding and helps to keep our minds and body happy.
It’s not just people that can benefit either, but nature itself. By growing flowers and crops and growing organically, you can help your local pollinators including bumblebees. Whether you have a window box, allotment or garden, planting bee-friendly flowers can help boost your local bumblebee population. In return, they will dutifully pollinate your flowers, crops, fruits and vegetables. To find out how to create a Bee-Friendly Garden, click here.
How to get started…
It can be easy to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs… you can start with a just a plant pot on your windowsill! If you want something bigger, try making your own raised-bed planter in less than 20 minutes, by following our step-by-step guide
Want to take it to the next level?
It can be easy to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs… you can start with a just a plant pot on your windowsill! If you want something bigger, try making your own raised-bed planter in less than 20 minutes, by following our step-by-step guide.
Want to take it to the next level? Then you could start your own allotment or get one in your local community. Local and shared allotments are becoming a regular feature in communities all around the country and give you the chance to grow a variety of fruit and veg all year round and socialise too.
To get an allotment in your local community, you will likely have to apply for one. This can be done through your local authority website where you can search and find your nearest allotment.
You may have a communal allotment closer to home than you think, with allotments located on housing developments around the country. Redrow are installing allotments onto a number of developments including Ebbsfleet Garden Village, Barton Seagrave and Plas Dwr.
Wherever you decide to start your allotment, there is plenty to be gained for you, the community and the environment too.
So whether you are just setting out on a ‘grow your own journey’ or you have a wealth of gardening experience, take the time this National Allotments Week to try your hand at growing your own food, whether it be a pot in your kitchen, a local allotment or even your own backyard.
Over the next two years we will be creating just over six hectares of allotment space, the equivalent of up to 1,000 quarter-sized allotment plots for the use of local people, within or close to our new developments
How we are making a difference
“Our research* shows
that proximity to green space is the most sought-after community feature when
searching for a new home, a bigger priority even than being close to local
transport routes and supermarkets and shops. Green spaces come in all shapes
and sizes and allotments provide a host of benefits for the communities they
“They are an increasingly important deliverable alongside our new homes as they encourage users to enjoy the outdoors, get active in the fresh air and spend time in nature, as well as promoting a more nutritious diet through own-grown fruit and vegetables. We are committed to creating more opportunities for people to get closer to nature and enjoy the resulting benefits. Allotments have the advantage of encouraging pollinator species and are an ideal location for beehives and other wildlife friendly areas.
“Over the next two years we will be creating just over six hectares of allotment space, the equivalent of up to 1,000 quarter-sized allotment plots for the use of local people, within or close to our new developments. To help visualise this, that’s around 10 football pitches of new space dedicated to growing fruit and vegetables, providing a haven for people and wildlife.**
“We are finding allotments are increasingly in demand as people become more aware of the benefits of growing their own produce. As a result, the local authorities we work with at the planning stage to deliver new communities are flagging them more frequently than previous as a key feature people would like to see delivered alongside new homes. Our expectation is that they will continue to be a valuable neighbourhood amenity in the years ahead.”
Rose Sandell, Group Communities Director
* Research of 2,004 UK adults was conducted on behalf of Redrow by Opinium, June 2020.
**Redrow is due to create just over 6.3 hectares of sites for allotments to be delivered in the financial years ending 2022 and 2023 (combined). Allotments come in different sizes depending on location and demand, but based on the full allotment size of 250 square metres this equates to 252 plots; or 504 half plots; or 1,008 quarter plots.