Gaining the plot is easy for growing your own
If you have ever thought about taking up an allotment, now is a good time to put your name down.
This week, from August 5 to 11, is National Allotments Week.
Target reporter Sadie Russell has been to visit one of the allotments in Louth where the committee are hoping more people will express an interest in taking up a plot.
THE Louth Allotment Association is always happy to speak to people interested in taking up gardening by having their own plot.
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In Louth, there are four allotment areas in the town - Trinity Lane, London Road, Charles Street and Mount Olivet .
At the Trinity Lane allotments, plots start from a quarter-size at £8.50 a year, which are ideal for the first time gardener and there is the scope to expand to a bigger plot if needed.
Mick Clover, Louth Allotment Association Chairman, said: "It is wonderful to grow your own fruit and veg. I was brought up with growing my own so I've always had a vegetable patch.
"It is always nice to see children come here with their parents and grandparents – this is what we want as they will hopefully grow their own food too one day.
"At Trinity Lane we have good size plots for first-timers and those who may think they haven't got enough time to devote to an allotment. The quarter-size plots means people won't get disillusioned.
"Once the plot is up to a good condition, it does not take much to keep it maintained."
Ruth Warren, joint site secretary of Trinity Lane allotment, said: "I enjoy being outdoors and there is something to do all the year round."
Reg Bagshaw, also a site secretary said: "People do mainly grow organically here. It is very satisfying going from planting and watching them grow to eventually pulling up them up to eat.
"The flavour of home-grown vegetables has no comparison."
As well as the satisfaction of growing your own, there is a good social aspect of having an allotment.
Reg said: "There is always someone here to talk to and people who are just starting off can get advice from others. Everyone here is always happy to help."
The Louth Allotment Association, who are members of the National Allotment Society, has an annual general meeting and presentation night where awards are given to such achievements as best allotment.
They also have social events throughout the year such as barbecues and competitions.
The Louth Allotment Association will be having a stall at a Food For Louth event in Louth Market on September 13, in association with East Lindsey District Council.
They will be providing some home-grown produce which will be cooked to show people the from 'field-to-fork' process.
The Louth association is also developing a new website for people to get more information and to encourage people to think about taking up a plot.
For more information about having an allotment in Louth, call Reg Bagshaw on 01507 608119.