National Allotments Week kicks off next week, can you ‘dig it?’`

National Allotments Week begins next Monday, running from August 10th to Sunday 16th this year.

A close up image of the wonderful allotments near Hayes Garden Machinery in North Devon.

The idea behind the national event is to celebrate the array of health benefits that come as part of growing your own food but also to highlight the increasing risk to plots from developers.

The festivities kick off with a pop-up allotment outside Plymouth Guild Hall during Plymouth Show week on Monday August 10th, and wrap up with an exciting Summer Vegetable Weekend at Barnsdale Gardens, in Rutland; created by the late Geoff Hamilton.

One of the main themes for 2015 is to discover the oldest allotment, a title which is currently claimed by an allotment site at Long Newnton, cited on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border. This particular allotment dates back as far as 1795.

The title is additionally claimed by Coombe Allotments in Gloucestershire too though, with the allotment said to date back some 32 years earlier to 1763.

Why not get stuck into some allotment work of your own in the garden this summer once you have cleared the way with one of the second hand lawn mowers, North Devon dealers Hayes have available to buy?

Image: Henry Burrows under Creative Commons.

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