Coronavirus COVID-19: Advice for Tenants
The City Council and Worcester Allotment forum appreciates the health and wellbeing benefits that an allotment can bring, therefore our advice is to follow Government guidelines. The advice is changing daily – read the latest guidance.
The current guidelines permit you to visit your allotment plot in order to take daily exercise, either on your own or with a member of your household. You must adhere to hygiene requirements (hand-washing and hand-sanitising) and you must keep a safe distance away from other tenants (a minimum of two metres / six feet).
This excludes anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or where someone in their household has symptoms, in which case they should be self isolating and should not attend their allotment.
Growing your own!
In today’s busy world where we are all too frequently’too busy’ to find time for anything else, committing yourself to working an allotment is not only a way of growing your own fresh produce, but also a great way of getting outside into the fresh air, and taking that bit of extra exercise so many of us need. It is also an opportunity to make new friends and do your ‘Bit’ for the environment.
Recently there has been a lot of publicity over the benefits of producing your own food, for instance, knowing exactly what is in it, where it has come from, reduction in air miles and the vastly superior taste. There is nothing quite like the taste of a home grown potato from the fork in the garden to the fork on your dining table in less than an hour!
There are also proven health benefits of gardening, including the obvious in being outside, exercise, not sat watching TV, but also gardening has proven results in improving mental health, whilst also providing a little piece of sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.
Over the last few years, Worcester City Council has worked hard, closely supported by the Worcester Allotment Forum, to provide a high standard of service and an environment where tenants can enjoy our allotments, whilst also passing on skills and produce on to their friends and families.
Further benefits include opportunities to participate in a city wide community sharing mutual interests in all things ‘Allotment’ – fruit, veg, flowers etc.
Fancy an allotment?
There are 23 Worcester City Council managed allotment sites across the city – for a map and information about each site’s representative please go to the Sites page.