Trust creates 300 new allotments - 22/02/10
More than 300 new growing spaces were created by the National Trust in the past year, the organisation has said.
The allotments were created in restored kitchen gardens, farmland and vacant land near the properties belonging to the trust.
The trust's three-year campaign aims to establish a thousand plots for local people on its land by 2012.
This year's agenda is to create 500 more allotments at stately homes, estates and land including Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset ? which once housed medieval herbalist Henry Lyte ? and Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
The organisation is attempting to get schools, families and communities to revive their relationship with the environment and to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The new allotments include a community garden at Minnowburn in Northern Ireland and land at the Gibside estate in Northumberland where 30 plots are being used by mental health charities, four schools, a rehabilitation service and a homeless shelter.
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