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To celebrate this year’s National Allotments Week, we [The Guardian] asked you to share pictures and stories of the bounty from your precious plots, many of which are run by local councils.

You did not disappoint. From the corners of the country you sent us wonderful pictures of your produce, told us how your allotments have enhanced the health and wellbeing of your family, friends and community, and shared special moments of rain and shine. We’ve already picked a few of our favourite pictures, but here’s a further selection of what is best about Britain’s allotments:

“It is a place we can escape our busy life. A place of true peace where people only discuss potatoes and sweet peas … No Donald Trump. No Boris Johnson.” Moihia, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland.

“Good social chats and shared experiences. The fun of growing and the peace of the environment around us. Friendships, a shared community, a place to de-stress and relax, and to grow and eat great tasting food. Sharing produce with other allotment holders.

“A mix of people who perhaps ordinarily wouldn’t meet and mix together but share a common bond in gardening and, from that, a friendship.” Martin Ford, Tower Hamlets, east London.

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source: Guardian Communities
published: 30 August 2019

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