It's National Gardening Week, and people tempted to grow their own fruit and vegetables are being encouraged to take on an allotment plot.

There are currently a small number of vacancies at selected allotment sites around Wolverhampton - and with spring now firmly sprung, there isn't a better time for people to join the city's growing army of allotment holders.

Allotment gardening has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years, with the vast majority of Wolverhampton's 1,100 plots currently occupied. A limited number are available at selected sites around the city, while prospective holders can join a waiting list for sites presently at capacity.

Gary Price, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Parks Development Officer, said: "Having an allotment is an enjoyable social activity, which, with a little hard work and commitment, can provide families with a regular supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. Gardening is also a great way to exercise, 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 give it a go."

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 City of Wolverhampton Council on 01902 551155.

Allotments have been in existence for hundreds of years, with evidence of their use pointing back to Anglo Saxon times. The system seen 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 Gardening Week was launched 5 years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country's biggest celebration of gardening.

  • released: Tuesday 12 April, 2016