Allotments are back in fashionThey're a great way to enjoy the outdoors

13 October 2006

Shed on an allotment

A standard plot is about 250 sq m, and will cost around £30-£50 per year

Allotments are making a comeback and are emerging as a modern way to improve health and well being, says Gardening Which?

As more people recognise the value of fresh produce and fresh air, allotments are attracting families keen to keep their children healthy and help the environment.

They are ideal places to grow many of the vegetables, herbs and fruit available in supermarkets and even exotic crops from across the world.

Gardening Which? Editor Julia Boulton said: 'Wherever you live, allotments are a great way to grow your own vegetables, enjoy the great outdoors, and get families involved in gardening.

'Interest in allotments is booming – not surprising when they only cost a few pounds a year so grab yourself a bargain while you can!'

Allotment tips

To get the best out of an allotment, Gardening Which? gives the low-down on what to look out for. There should be:

  • Fertile, well-worked soil is a real help - some sites are now organic
  • Convenient water, such as a handy water tank, as hose-pipes are not always permitted
  • Good security is an advantage as vandalism and theft can be a problem on some sites
  • Access for compost deliveries is helpful and some sites will organise this on behalf of members
  • Some sites have the benefits of a club hut, sheds for individual plots, and tarmac access roads