Council supports National Allotment Week

Date: 11/08/2015
Ref: PR 5015

Wakefield Council is supporting local people to grow their own fruit and vegetables this National Allotment Week, 10 to 16 August.

Allotments are a popular and inexpensive way to have gardening space, get active and grow fresh produce.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader for Wakefield Council, said: “Improving the quality of life for our residents is a top priority and as a fellow gardener I value the benefits that this can provide.

“As well giving residents the opportunity to produce their own cheap and organic food, gardening is proven to offer many health benefits. It can reduce social isolation by taking part in a shared activity and help improve mental wellbeing. It also boosts our physical fitness whilst being able to enjoy fresh air outdoors.

“The first community allotment at Agbrigg and the many allotments we have across the district are enabling more people to take up this satisfying pastime.”

The support for National Allotment Week follows the Council’s opening of the new community allotment in Agbrigg, the first of its kind in the district, which aims to promote health and bring people together.

The Apple Tree Community Allotment and Gardens is open on Tuesdays from 12 noon until 4pm, Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and Fridays from 10am until 4pm. Groups and individuals from across the district are welcome to come to the allotment to learn skills or pass on their knowledge of growing. It has also been designed as a dementia friendly place, so people with the condition can get involved.

However, the Council is reminding residents that allotments require a lot of time and commitment to cultivate and maintain as well energy and enthusiasm. This is where the community allotment differs. Residents are able to take part for a small amount of time without the long term commitment.

The Council’s Allotment Service works in partnership with tenant groups, individuals and other agencies. The Council manages allotments in Castleford, Featherstone, Horbury, Knottingley, Ossett, Pontefract, Stanley and Wakefield. Further allotments are provided by Town and Parish Councils, Wakefield and District Housing and other private land owners.

For more information about allotments, or to get your name on the waiting list, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/allotments