This year National Allotment Society is celebrating the principle of a Shared Harvest from our precious plots.
There comes a time in every growing season when plants produce more crops than any plot-holder can freeze, pickle or jam and generous allotment holders begin to arrive at work with baskets of plums, armfuls of rhubarb and Tupperware full of green beans.
Many plot-holders also share their produce with worthy causes and this year Alwoodley Allotment Association has also taken a look at the practice of donating crops to food banks.
Ann Williams on plot 17 has contacts with an organisation which will collect and distribute our excess produce to relieve hunger in our area. Find out more.
As we all know, growing, cooking, eating and sharing tasty home-grown food is just one benefit of allotment life.
Opening sites and letting the local community know what a valuable contribution allotments make to public health and well-being helps to protect them by enlisting the backing of the wider community.
Next year we hope to open up our own site with an Open Day and get even more people aware of and supportive of our Society