National Allotments Week : Grow Your Own To Avoid Plastic Packaging!

National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. We’ve recently been lucky enough to join a community group allotment and we’re loving it!

Our main motivation for joining was to get our hands on some fresh salad leaves without plastic packaging! We hadn’t had salad for ages because it always came wrapped in plastic so when a friend showed us her salad pickings and explained she was part of an allotment collective we wanted to sign up straight away! It also offered us the perfect opportunity to learn how to grow our own, which we have now started to do on a small scale in containers in our garden. There is nothing more satisfactory than eating fresh vegetables you have grown yourself and it has the added bonus of no plastic packaging!

For National Allotments Week we did a bit of searching (using ecosia of course- extra bonus of planting trees too!) to put together the below list of allotments available around Cornwall. We’ve also shared a few community projects based around community growing as well as gardening courses that can help you on your way to growing your own at home if you have your own garden.

Cornwall Allotments:

Cornwall Allotments, Redruth

Bude Allotment Association

Truro Allotments

St Ives Allotments

Falmouth Allotments

Falmouth, Penryn, Constantine and Mawnan Allotments

St Agnes, Month Hawke, Mithian Allotments

Penzance Allotments

Community Growing Spaces, Groups and Charities:

Incredible Edible Penryn

St Ives Community Orchard

Bosavern Community Farm

Helston Food Group

Newquay Community Orchard Sustainable Lives

Grow Your Own Workshops:

Padstow Kitchen Garden Course

Grow Your Own Veg Pot, Truro and Penwith College

The Real Food Garden Workshop, Bodmin

Online Guidance For Growing Your Own Veg:

How to design a potagar garden

Cornwall Wildlife Trust How to grow a vegetable garden

For more info on National Allotment Week

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