Get Growing for National Allotment Week!

Chelmsford City Council are celebrating National Allotment Week between 13 – 19 August, by encouraging local residents to find out more about starting an allotment plot and to promote its many benefits.

If you are interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables and also enjoy being in the fresh outdoors then why not consider managing your own allotment plot?

Keeping an allotment has fantastic benefits; growing your own fruit and vegetables is a rewarding and healthy outdoor activity. Allotments provide space for families to sow, grow and harvest their own food to cook up some delicious recipes. Allotments are also great for the local wildlife and are an essential habitat for some animals as well as keeping biodiversity levels up.

Chelmsford City Council provides a total of 23 allotment sites across the city and if you would like more information on allotments in Chelmsford, come and see us on Saturday 11 August at Sainsburys, Springfield between 9am and 4pm and at Morrisons in Newland Springs on Friday 17 August between 10am – 1pm. Several parish and town councils across Chelmsford also provide a number of allotment sites, so it is also worth contacting them to check for availability.

Kings Seeds are sponsoring the council’s promotion for National Allotment Week and have provided us with seeds and tips on how to grow your own vegetables, to share with you.

If you feel you may not have the time to manage your own allotment space, growing at home could be a better option for you. To start out, why not try growing some herbs which are small and suited to small containers? Other fruit and vegetables you can try and grow on a window sill or garden at home are: Tomatoes, Lettuce, Strawberries, Spring onions and Chillies.

If you are interested in renting a plot in one of the council’s allotments contact our Allotment Office on 01245 605571, who will be able to provide more information. You can also visit http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments and follow @LoveYourChelmsford on Facebook.

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