The benefits of an allotment

A row of lettuceTending an allotment is a great way of growing healthy vegetables, fruit and herbs at a competitive price.

There can be a lot of pleasure in knowing that you have grown your own food in harmony with the environment, especially if you decide to do so organically.

You will get a sense of accomplishment at the results of your efforts, and it's also a fun way to relax and get away from the stresses and strains of a busy lifestyle.

There are many ways that tending an allotment allotments can bring benefit to your life, so the provision of allotments is an important part of our commitment to improve the quality of life for all Cambridge residents.


Community

If you wish to join in, tending an allotment can be a rewarding community experience.

You can make friends with people who have similar interests, and pass on knowledge and expertise to those who are starting afresh.

Allotments can also be about having a secluded space where you can hang the 'do not disturb' sign and give yourself some quiet time to tend nature.

Increasingly, allotments are wonderful spaces of natural discovery, as more and more families participate in the 'grow your own' trend.


Healthy

Importantly, tending an allotment can be an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages and abilities.

Gardening outdoors can exercise the heart and lungs while you work up a healthy appetite for all the wholesome food you produce.


Environmental benefit

There are environmental benefits to growing your own food, too.

By growing locally, you will reduce your carbon footprint, which is often linked with driving to out-of-town supermarkets.

Similarly, by buying less inefficiently packaged food in supermarkets you will have less household waste to fill your bins with.

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