Allotment sites in Wisbech
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Why have an allotment?
Allotment gardening can be a very rewarding pastime and can make a valuable contribution to the quality of peoples lives.
Open space is becoming increasingly important within our communities as the intensity of development increases. Allotments are important recreational assets for people without gardens. Cultivating an allotment provides an affordable source of fruit and vegetables, an essential part of a healthy diet. If they are organically grown, you will reduce your exposure to pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
Working an allotment gives you plenty of fresh air and healthy exercise, and it is suitable for elderly and disabled people as well as the fighting fit. Its good for your peace of mind as well as your body. Horticulture has long been used as a therapy in both physical and mental illness and in rehabilitation. It is even being prescribed as a treatment for stress and obesity by doctors in some areas. Allotments can help all kinds of people get a sense of achievement.
It can be a social activity too, bringing together people from all age groups and various social backgrounds around a common interest. Its the sort of activity that lends itself to co-operation and contact.
Local allotment sites often have links with local community groups and schools. Some hold open days and annual fairs. Sites can help children, especially in urban areas, to learn about nature and how food is grown and to observe wildlife outside classroom biology lessons.
Allotments can benefit the environment in a number of ways. They provide valuable green space within our towns and cities making them more environmentally friendly, sustainable and attractive places to live. They can also provide a varied and valued habitat for wild plants and animals. Locally grown food does not have to be transported long distances, which all helps reduce pollution and road traffic.
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