A rare opportunity has arisen for green fingered people to take on their own allotment at Spellowgate, Driffield,
Gardeners can stay fit and healthy – and enjoy fabulous fresh food at the same time. And it costs as little as 20p per week for the privilege.
An allotment is a great way to get in the fresh air and grow your own fruit and vegetables, which can be on your table within minutes of being picked – if, of course, you can resist popping them into your mouth even before you leave the plot.
The good news is that people in Driffield no longer have to wait to get a taste of the Good Life, with plots unusually available for rent immediately. Spellowgate Allotments have methodically worked through a waiting list that at one time saw potential plot holders having to wait up to three years and they can now offer keen gardeners a place in plenty of time for the new growing season.
There are 143 plots at the Spellowgate site and, for various reasons, a handful have become available. A full plot costs £20 a year with half plots available for just £10. Insurance and refundable plot bonds are also required.
Spellowgate treasurer Brenda Walker said: “We have grown enormously in recent years and have made many more plots available to try to keep pace with demand. But we now have a few available for let immediately and we would welcome keen new members.
“Allotments are not just about retired people these days, although they continue to be the dedicated and skilled bedrock of the association. Allotments are real family places now and we run a range of events and competitions throughout the year to keep young families involved.
“There are many keen women gardeners too. In fact, two of our top prize-winners last year were female. Allotments are a great place for children to get to know about where their food comes from and to give them the unforgettable taste of fresh fruit and vegetables.”
Anyone interested in taking a plot at Spellowgate is asked to call 07855-782965 or to go to the site on Sunday mornings (10am-12noon) to register.
The benefits of having an allotment include: cheap source of fresh fruit and vegetables, and therefore a healthy diet; less contact with pesticides etc if you grow organically; opportunity to spend time outside enjoying nature; sense of achievement and well-being;
giving your mind something positive to focus on
chance to learn
reduction in stress
chance to escape the pressures of modern living
helps community spirit and offers an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
environment benefits by providing green spaces and wildlife habitats
gardening is a good form of exercise
a chance for children to learn where food comes from.