Haslemere Allotments, Northfields, Ealing W13

Haslemere Allotments is an allotment site situated in a quiet residential area in West London.
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Carpeting the allotment

Carpets and underlay – the traditional weed suppressant of choice for the thrifty allotment gardener. Indeed, over winter parts of the site resemble a patchwork quilt. But carpets have many downsides. They leach toxins, glues and various nasty chemicals...

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"Community gardening provides untold benefits, boosting peoples' health and wellbeing and strengthening the ties that bring neighbourhoods together."

– Royal Horticultural Society

"Considering that allotments may play a vital role in developing active and healthy lifestyles, governments and local authorities might do well to protect and enhance them."

– Agnes van den Berg, Wageningen University and Research Centre

Spending half an hour a week on an allotment results in an instant reduction in stress and fatigue, as well as boosting self-esteem, vigour and a general feeling of good health

– Scientists Essex & Westminster Universities

"Grow Your Own food in urban settings has also been associated with improved diet and exercise for those involved which more than compensates for higher loads of environmental pollutants in these settings"

– J Leake