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Every day we are hearing of the latest bad news with more people losing their jobs and with food banks being set up across the country. I, for one, never expected ever to hear of that sort of thing in Britain, which on the whole is still a great country to live in. As times are getting harder even people in work are finding it hard to make ends meet so all sorts of ways are being tried to help them get by. What is happening a lot is that many people are looking at 10 x 3 allotments as a means to help with their food bills and this is something you could try. Besides helping with the food bill this hobby can help to keep you fit and allotment holders tend to be a social lot so will also help you mentally.
Transition Town West Kirby (TTWK) in partnership with the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSLAG) research shows that the number of people applying for a allotment, often complete with a garden shed, and are growing fruit and vegetables have increased by over 20%. The number of people looking to get their own garden or allotment and benefit from being able to grow fruit and vegetables is continuing to rise, figures show.
1st Choice Leisure Buildings, garden shed makers since 1979, suggests this could be you. You will probably find in your garden shed all the tools required for this hobby which pays. The downside is, because of the number of people applying, the waiting time for an allotment has risen to an average of about 3 years which is mad. In some areas the chance of getting an allotment means a wait of 40 years which is ludicrous. I believe that local councils should be allocating more and more land for allotments, even 10 x 3 plots would be better than none, because this has to be good for their constituents and for the general well being of them.
A spokesperson for TTWK, Margaret Campbell, commented that it is a ‘shame’ that many people have to wait so long before they can enjoy an allotment. She confirmed, in her view, that having an allotment, because in terms of exercise, diet and low carbon footprint, ticks all the right boxes.
Even if you can’t get an allotment it’s worth considering using a part of your garden for growing some fruit and vegetables. In front of your garden shed tends to be a good spot as it is normally shelters your garden from wind and creates a warm spot for vegetables and fruit to grow. Tomatoes are an easy crop to cultivate and also are very colourful.
Whatever you do it will help with the family food bill, you will get enjoyment out of it and help to keep your waistline slimmer than it would have been. All in all you know it’s a good idea, just make the effort and you will be able to sit back in your shed with a can of lager in your hand and say ‘I grew them’.