Allotments as a Rescue Remedy
During National Allotment Week, the Mayor of Elmbridge unveiled the latest addition to our Walton Community Allotment – a pagoda which was expertly designed and crafted by Men in Sheds, Thames Ditton. This beautiful structure will provide shelter from the elements for our Community Allotment volunteers, which is based at our largest allotment site, on Terrace Road, Walton on Thames.
Our Community Allotment encourages social inclusion and is targeted at those who wouldn’t normally get involved in growing food or face barriers as a result of physical or mental health conditions, learning disabilities or simple isolation. However, everyone is welcome to take part in growing/gardening, learning and developing hands on skills. No tools, skills, or experience are necessary. All are encouraged to just give it a go!
Allotments were introduced by philanthropic Victorians to provide healthy diets and lifestyles for factory workers – today they still offer these benefits, but they cross the class divide. Allotments were seen as a remedy for the workforce who suffered health problems with many turning to drink. Allotments were a wholesome alternative to the pub!
Allotments are a key part of Walton Charity’s history, dating back over 200 years and today we have over 350 tenants within the Charity’s 4 allotment sites. They are also a key part of our future and provide many local residents, who are struggling to make ends meet, with a source of food. They bring people from different backgrounds and communities together and, with rumours of food stockpiling and potential food shortages arising in the wake of Brexit, #nationalallotmentweek is a good time to celebrate the popularity and need to invest in our allotments.