Allotment holders across Mid and East Antrim will be harvesting lots of vegetables for Christmas plates, including parsnips, leeks, winter cabbages, and of course, the essentials – potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
But have you thought of buying a loved one an allotment plot for Christmas? Now is the time!
This is an environmentally friendly gift which keeps on giving.
This present could give the future plot holder hours of joy, the chance to grow their own fresh produce and make friends for life with like-minded people.
January may be one of the coldest months of the year but there is still plenty of work to be done at the allotments for any new plot holders.
It’s a great time to get your plot ready for spring and a few sowings of onions, lettuce, peas, broad beans, radish and early carrots can be made under protection towards the end of the month.
Cllr Lindsay Millar, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to improving the quality of life for all the people of the borough through the services it provides, including our allotment service. Council currently manages three allotment gardens in Larne, Carrickfergus and Greenisland.
“Allotment gardening can provide a number of benefits, such as the opportunity to produce a wide range of inexpensive healthy vegetables, whilst at the same time providing physical exercise in the outdoors. It can also create the opportunity to make new friends and provide the chance to socialise with others.
“Allotments can provide a great sense of wellbeing and give pleasure and satisfaction to people who through their own skills and effort produce their own food. Allotments are also beneficial to the environment and wildlife generally. Owning an allotment could also provide an alternative workout at your very own ‘green gym’.
“We strive to ensure our allotments are affordable, and a plot can cost as little as one pound per week.”
There are a few plots available at both Eden and Greenisland Allotment Gardens, so visit the council’s website and complete an application form if you would like to get growing.
If you would like to speak to a member of the team about organising a plot as a Christmas present please Tel: 028 9335 8233
To apply for an allotment plot please visit www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/allotments