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Plot a way to grow your own

People tempted to grow their own fruit and veg are being encouraged to take on an allotment plot.

There are currently a small number of vacancies at particular allotment sites around Wolverhampton - and with National Allotment Week taking place shortly, now is a good time for people to find out whether taking on a plot is for them.

Allotment gardening has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years, but despite high levels of occupation a small number of the 1,100 plots located in allotments around Wolverhampton are currently available.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "Having an allotment is an enjoyable social activity and a great way to benefit from fresh air and exercise, which, with a little work and commitment, can provide families with a regular supply of fresh fruit and veg. Gardening is also a great way to meet new friends, relax and unwind.

"We've currently got a small number of vacancies at some of our 31 sites and operate a waiting list for plots on the other sites, so if you've ever thought about growing your own, now is an excellent time to join our growing army of allotment holders."

Standard plots in Wolverhampton cost £24 per year for local residents, or £16 for half plots, while enhanced plots - on sites with additional facilities including toilets and sheds - are £38 per year. To find out more about taking on an allotment, please call the council on 01902 551155.

Allotments have been in existence for hundreds of years, with evidence pointing back to Anglo Saxon times. But the system recognised today has its roots in the 19th century, when land was given over to the poor for the provision of food growing.

The allotment movement really took off during the First World War, when the ensuing food shortages led to the creation of many local authority allotments that are still in use today. During the Second World War, they once again came into their own as the nation was encouraged to "Dig For Victory".

National Allotments Week 2014 runs from Monday 4 August, 2014, with the National Allotment Society encouraging local plot holders to hold parties for the wider community.

  • released: Monday 28 July, 2014