National Allotment Week

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Posted 14th August 2017

14 - 20 August is National Allotment Week

It's National Allotment Week, and we're joining the celebration of plot-holders, volunteers and those who manage, create, develop and safeguard allotments nationwide and thanking them for their hard work.

There are over a quarter of a million allotments in England and Wales, and Watts Gallery – Artists' Village has had allotments on site since spring 2017. Since then 10 staff members have been tending their own allotments, growing peas, courgettes, potatoes, carrots, artichokes, strawberries and runner beans. Some of the produce from these allotments is used in the delicious seasonal dishes made by our award-winning Tea Shop.

Several volunteers have also become involved in cultivating their own allotments, including our youngest Friend Indra Tason, who at just 11 years old tends his plot with his grandmother, another dedicated Watts volunteer.

The theme for this year's National Allotment Week is Growing the Movement, and we hope you'll help us continue to grow our allotment programme for the future. Tending to an allotment provides fresh air and exercise as well as fresh fruit and vegetables free from chemicals. Gardening is a challenge for mind and body, and everyone using the allotments has found them a great place to relax alone or to spend time with friends and colleagues.

Get in touch with our Custodian to find out about getting involved with our gardening team.