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Dig deep in 2016 for a new allotment

Published Thursday, 21 January 2016

This week local resident Trevor Smith invited us down to his plot in Goat Lane in Enfield to explain how rewarding having an allotment can be.

allotments Trevor, who is 63 and lives in Edmonton, used to be the Head Gardener at Buckingham Palace and then St James Park, so he knows a little about gardening! He has had his plot for ten years and recommends taking up the spade.

He said “Having an allotment can be hard work, but it is extremely rewarding. It’s great exercise and it feels really good to be in the fresh air cultivating your own fresh vegetables which taste so much better than processed food.

“There is no age limit. I have known allotment owners aged from 19 to people in their mid 80s, even mums with kids cultivate a plot, it really is an activity anyone can do”.

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.

Anyone living in Enfield can be an allotment holder, provided they are over 18. There is no upper age limit, and disabled people are very welcome to contact the council, as the team will do everything possible to find a space to accommodate their needs.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Having an allotment is not just about growing your own vegetables.

“An allotment can be a source of great exercise in the open air, and there is nothing more satisfying than growing and consuming your own healthy produce yourself. 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 fruits 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".

To find out more about allotment ownership go to: Link

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