Living in London – or any city for that matter – can make you feel very disconnected from the natural world, which in turn can make you feel a bit off-balance or perhaps a little stressed. But my aunty Felicity (Fliddy), myself and many other green-fingered fellows have found the perfect cure. Getting yourself an allotment. Or in my case, helping somebody else with theirs. Gardening is renowned for being therapeutic, but there’s something about growing your own produce which is relaxing, but also rewarding and extremely grounding. Not to mention, a great way to make sure you get out of the house and breath the air from an area of London that’s slightly less polluted.
Last Sunday James and I went back to Fliddy’s apartment and helped her with some weeding, and some digging up of the potatoes that we planted together about 6 weeks ago…
Tending to an allotment is a great way to get away from it all, without actually leaving the city. When I’m at Aunty Fliddy’s plot, it feels like I’m no longer in London, and having grown up in rural North Wales, that’s an important feeling to feel for me – at least once in a while.
If you’re considering getting an allotment in the next year or so, it’s best to look into it now because some of waiting lists for plots are pretty long in London. Take a look at this website if you’re interested.