4 August 1914 saw the start of a war that consumed the world and although allotments had existed in the UK from the 18th Century, the ensuing food shortages lead to the creation of the local authority allotments that we recognise today.
And until April 2015, Andy Laker from North Swindon, who bought a plot of land near M4 Junction 16 in 2013 and divided them up for allotments, is offering a 50 per cent discount on rental fees.
Forty per cent of the plots he has on offer have been taken, so now’s a good time to snap up the rest.
Whilst the number of plots nationally has dropped considerably over the last 100 years, working an allotment plot remains a popular pastime.
Contemporary allotments do more than provide food. The healthy lifestyle they encourage helps to combat several of the challenges facing 21st Century populations – obesity, inactivity and mental health problems resulting from social isolation. It costs the UK economy billions every year; £9 billion is spent dealing with adult depression alone and obesity costs the NHS £5 billion.
Allotments and allotment services have the potential to support delivery of many local authority Public Health targets, not only around nutrition but around emotional resilience and exercise, especially for our ageing population.
See the site at mypatchswindon.co.uk
National Allotment Society (NSALG) www.nsalg.org.uk