National Allotment Week is an annual event (which takes place between 9th-15th August) that allows budding gardeners to learn more about how allotments work and how they can get started.
For this blog, we will tell you all you need to know about this awareness week and how Staffordshire Skip Hire can support you.
Now it’s time to grab your spade and get stuck in!
National Allotment Week explained
Ran by The National Allotment Society, this engagement event first started in 2002. The main focus is to build unity in communities and promoting the growing and eating of fruit and vegetables to help maintain health and nutrition at home.
Each year, there is a different theme, with 2021’s being ‘Plotting for the Future’, allowing participants to celebrate allotments’ contribution to a sustainable future.
The NAS will host a virtual allotment show for avid allotment gardeners, where viewers can judge entries and prepare to enter next year.
The benefits of allotment gardening
There are several benefits of allotment gardening, from community building to improving health and wellbeing. Here are just some ways to get your fingers green and enhance your life.
Become more social – Allotments are a great place to meet like-minded people who enjoy gardening and sharing some wisdom.
There is also a big online community you can become part of. You will be able to share knowledge and tips whilst meeting new gardening friends you may have not met in real life.
Improve your health – Physical exercise benefits your health, with gardening a great way to keep fit. You will be doing a lot of bending and pulling while breaking up the soil and digging up roots, using muscles you may not have used in some time.
Vitamin D helps keep your muscles healthy and spending 15 minutes every day in the sun helps with this. When it comes to gardening, time can fly by, meaning you must protect your skin with sun cream and dress appropriately to protect yourself from the sun.
Clearing your allotment area
Your allotment plot may need a lot of clearing and preparation before you start growing.
This is where you could consider hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire. This way, you can avoid multiple trips to the tip to get rid of garden waste and get rid of it all in one place.