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National Allotments Week, 8-13 Aug

National Allotments Week, 8-13 Aug

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Events held during National Allotments Week celebrate the value of gardening to individuals and communities.

 

The theme of this year’s National Allotments Week, ‘Growing Together,’ celebrates the inherently social nature of allotment gardening. Take a look at any allotment and you’ll see gardeners from all sections of society working their hoes and pushing their barrows side by side.

 

Image source: Pinterest

Image source: Pinterest

 

Gardening is a great social equaliser. Allotments are a great place to share green fingered wisdom and indulge in the health benefits we recognise as a by-product of getting down and dirty in the garden. Then of course there’s all that veg to haul home and enjoy.

 

Kelso Allotment Society

 

Here in Kelso we have a thriving allotment movement. Their efforts are a clear example of the principles of ‘Growing Together.’ We spoke to Norman Anderson one of the plot holders and Treasurer of Kelso Allotment Society to find out more:

 

“The 60 allotments are on land leased to us by the Roxburghe Estate. The Duke of Roxburghe was keen to support the project, which opened in 2013. The Estate also helped with the initial work by fencing the site in and making it rabbit proof.’

‘Further grants allowed us to build a large communal shed, establish paths and a rainwater collection system.’

‘There’s huge diversity on the plots. We have beekeepers, one of whom works with a local school group so the kids can get involved in beekeeping. Another plot holder shares her plot with a group of youths who have learning difficulties. Once a week the group come down to help maintain the plot and of course enjoy the harvest.”

 

National Allotments Week. Image courtesy: National Allotment Society

Image courtesy: National Allotment Society

 

Kelso Allotments also have 10 smaller plots designed for children. These plots are cultivated by children with their grandparents, or other family members, highlighting the role allotments play in bringing together families and strengthening the bonds across the generations.

 

Experience Allotment Life

 

Part of the aim of National Allotments Week is to encourage awareness of allotments. Karen Kenny, the National Allotment Society President issued an open invitation to visit an event during National Allotments Week.

 

“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.”

 

A list of events running all over the country can be found at: National Society of Allotments.

 

How to Get Involved

 

Find details of your allotments in your local area on the National Society of Allotments, or Scottish Society of Allotments website.

 

Aspiring plot-holders can be put off by the thought of a long wait but the Allotment Society say, sign up for a plot now. Without waiting lists allotment authorities cannot assess demand. The more demand the greater pressure to create more allotments.

 

Waiting lists tend to be longer in urban areas. In Kelso there is a waiting list but Norman Anderson says no one has to wait too long.

 

If you’re keen to get cracking, ask if there are any plot holders who want a bit of help. Gardening can be hard work and volunteers are often welcome.

 

If you enjoyed this post and know of anyone interested in allotment life, please ‘like’ and ‘share’ this post using the social buttons. Thank you.

 

 

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