28 Jan 2016

Environment

Half price allotment plots: Grow your own in 2016

If you’ve ever considered joining the growing revolution, what better time than the New Year?

Properly managed allotments can supplement a household’s weekly shop with fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year, saving money as well as providing healthy, local food.

Bristol City Council has a number of allotment plots available to rent immediately, with prices starting from as little as £25 a year for smaller, beginner-friendly plots.

A number of plots are offered – with no waiting list – at half rent for the first two years. These plots are overgrown so you'll need to clear the plot and remove any rubbish you find.

Councillor Daniella Radice, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods, said:  “It doesn’t get much fresher than growing your own.

“Our allotment holders find that they not only experience the satisfaction of growing their own, tasty food, they become part of a friendly new community too.”

The National Allotment Society found that those tending allotments reported higher levels of satisfaction, thanks to the fresh air, home grown produce, healthy lifestyle and new friendships the activity offers.

To find out more or to enquire about renting a plot, email allotments@bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 9223719.

Notes to the editor:

How to get started with an allotment: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=84 

Growing tips for novice gardeners: http://www.nsalg.org.uk/growing-advice/