A study published in the Journal of Public Health in October 2015 found that even a small amount of participation in allotment gardening can have significant benefits on health.
The study sampled 269 participants of allotment gardeners and non-gardeners, to determine the effect of allotment gardening on self-esteem and mood. These two indicators are regarded to be significant in relation to mental well-being and long-term disease risk. They found that one session of allotment gardening can result in significant improvements in both self-esteem and mood via reductions in tension, depression, anger and confusion.
As well as significant improvements in mental well-being, the study also found that the allotment gardeners had significantly lower BMI than those who did not participate in gardening; 68% of the non-gardening group were overweight or obese compared with just 47% of the gardeners.
The authors concluded that allotment gardening "could contribute to a greener and healthier economy focused on the prevention of ill-health. This preventative approach could result in substantial savings to the UK economy, particularly in the treatment of health conditions such as mental illness, obesity, cardiovascular disease and loneliness."
Full or half plots are available now on the Tattenhall Allotments
Please contact Jill on 01829 771895 if you are interested in finding out more
(Photos by kind permission of David Dixon)