Allotments. Surely the saviour of many during the war when food was in short supply. But what about now?
In the current economic climate, rising food costs and food shortages due to the coronavirus, an allotment is a great way to lower weekly food bills and escape for a few hours out of the house. This is the main reason why my husband and I got a plot two minutes walk from home in April 2014.
Over the last seven years, we have halved our food bills whilst developing a deep appreciation of the hard work farmers put in to grow their crops! Having been trapped inside at work for years, the opportunity to get outside, even if only for a few minutes, can’t be missed.
Money saving aside, we have loved every minute of growing our food. There is simply nothing better than coming home from work, popping across to the allotment to pick some fresh veg for dinner. We have enjoyed it so much that six years ago, we built a large coop and amassed several chickens.
Five years ago, we had to drop down from two plots to one due to family circumstances. But on the plus side, Crewe Allotment Federation have decreed that one plot on every site should be a community garden. Our old plot has been transformed into a beautiful garden with a pond, seating area and lots of lovely flowers.
So pull on your wellies, grab a fork and get digging!