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National Allotments Week 2020
The theme for 2020 is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.
The annual campaign week due to take place from 10 to 16 August 2020 has been disrupted by the present Coronavirus Emergency. It is very possible that even in August we will still be being asked to socially distance to some extent and it would be irresponsible of the National Allotment Society (NAS) at the moment to ask associations to plan Open Days and events that encourage people to congregate. So the NAS would like to ask plot-holders to enter our NAW (National Allotment Week) Competition to produce videos and storyboards about their allotment story..
My Allotment Story - NAW Competition
- “What my allotment means to me” for individuals (16 years upwards)- £100 prize - NAS members, non-members free NAS membership plus £50
- “The history of our site” or “Our site’s projects and plans for the future” for associations - £200 prize - NAS members, non-members free association membership up to the value of £200
- “ What I grow at the allotment” for children (up to 16 years)- £50 prize
The NAS is asking for short mobile phone videos or storyboards (slides on a powerpoint or even illustrations). There are some tips for using mobiles to create videos Click Here and free editing software can be downloaded from microsoft Click Here or apple Click Here
The NAS has a free pack of Bio8's Active Earth for the first 20 entrants, and 3 runners up in each category will win a book from a choice of gardening books.
The deadline is 31 July 2020 and the winners will be announced in National Allotments Week. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The campaign week is still thriving 18 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.
The NAS aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and we call on all those who value allotments to support us in this endeavour, we can all do our part-
- Allotment associations - protect your site, register as a community asset. Allotment Federations -keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby your councillors and MPs. Click here to read more about Community Rights
- Councils preserve and value your allotment service – it has the potential to deliver some of your public health targets.
- Plot-holders -join the National Allotment Society and support your regional allotment network to promote the allotment movement.
- Aspiring plot-holders - do not be put off by the thought of a long wait – sign up for a plot now; without waiting lists allotment authorities cannot assess demand.