Published on:05 August 2016
For National Allotments Week (8-14 August) local residents Evelyn and Barry Craven invited us down to their plot in Cheyne Walk in Grange Park, to explain how rewarding having an allotment can be.
For National Allotments Week (8-14 August) local residents Evelyn and Barry Craven from Crescent Road, Enfield, invited us down to their plot in Cheyne Walk in Grange Park to explain how rewarding having an allotment can be.
The couple told us how, after moving from a house into an apartment without a garden, they decided to get an allotment from Enfield Council as they missed being in the outdoors. They have now held the plot for 10 years and have won numerous 'Enfield in Bloom' awards.
Evelyn said: "The allotments here are like a little community, there are people from different backgrounds and all ages.
"Since we grow our own we have been totally self-sufficient in vegetables for virtually the whole year. It is wonderful having an allotment; it gets you out in the fresh air and is excellent exercise. It’s also great to get children involved with the planting and harvesting.
"I would advise anyone who is interested to have a go, it isn’t expensive and there are so many benefits to having a plot."
Enfield Council has over 3,000 allotment plots of all sizes, which are in 35 different sites across the borough, all with spaces available for residents interested in growing their own fruit and veg. Anyone living in Enfield can be an allotment holder, provided they are over 18. There is no upper age limit, and holds appeal to people of all abilities. Indeed, disability need not in itself be an obstacle and the Council will do everything possible to accommodate individual needs.
Having an allotment also contributes to Enfield Council's new #MoveMoreEnfield campaign, which aims to encourage people to be more active because research shows that 10 minutes activity or exercise, three times a day, can significantly improve your health and wellbeing.
The campaign aims to get both adults and kids active, and advises that children need 60 minutes of activity on a daily basis to help maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "Having an allotment is not just about growing your own fruit and veg.
"An allotment can be a source of great exercise in the open air, and there is nothing more satisfying than growing and eating homegrown food. There is also a huge social element with allotment holders often working together to enhance their plots and sometimes even betting amongst themselves as to who can grow the best fruit and vegetables!
"With different sizes of plots available no-one need bite off more than they can chew, so why not start small and reap the benefits of allotment ownership?" With Enfield Council backing various community growing schemes, there has never been a better time to get your hands dirty.
Find out more about allotment ownership.