If you have space at home, then you can get cracking right there, or to head elsewhere Leeds provides a host of options. Allotments cost a pittance for what they offer, and the city council have 101 sites, each with several plots of land to share out, all across Leeds, north south east and west. Despite the seemingly ample numbers, the demand means that they are often filled, and interest must be expressed in advance to gain a spot on a waiting list; it’s worth doing, as a plot will become available and no doubt cherished when yours.
Fortunately, there is even more green space put to great growing use, with community activity creating allotments and gardens too. At the likes of Armley Ridge Road Allotments and Church Lane Allotments, with 150 plots between them, and at other sites besides, amateur gardeners have the opportunity to take up their own space and grow their own veg in a peaceful and organised setting.
Others encourage communal growing as positive projects to improve areas and learn new skills. Of those doing amazing work with deprived places, disadvantaged people, interested volunteers, and garden lovers, check out Green Action Society, Hyde Park Source, Bedford Fields Community Forest, St Stephens Community Gardens, Ingram Gardens Community Centre, Woodhouse Community Growers, Kirkstall Community Garden, Cross Green Community Group, Crag House Farm, REAP, Hollybush Conservation Centre and Killingbeck Community Project to name but a dozen. Phew!
The flavour of your naturally grown goods is a taste sensation, far surpassing purchases off the national shelf, and besides eating your own, there are places in Leeds where you can pick up proper produce grown locally. Kirkgate Market houses many stalls stocking great greengroceries, including Neil’s and Spice Corner. Natural food shops such as Millie’s and Out of this World bring in farmed favourite fruit and veg from the surrounding area. And at farmers markets in and out of the centre there are a large selection of fresh deliciousness direct from source.
But if you can, do it yourself. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hand, wanting your own plot for ‘me time’ or volunteering for community involvement, the connection with nature of all the above brings rich rewards. The fruits and veg of your labour make for a wonderful sense of fulfilment when the abundance of produce begin to rise from plot to plate.