Lost in Spades (The Guardian)

Lost in spades
By Adrian Gatton
The Guardian
8 September 1998

As the digging season approaches, Adrian Gatton finds the Government is finally grasping the health benefits of allotments

Mention allotments and you think of fusty 1940s Dig For Victory posters. By comparison, the 1980s brought designer allotments and vegetable parterres. But with MPs this summer urging ministers to protect allotments partly for their ‘undisputed health benefits’ and ‘therapeutic potential’, maybe we will see ex -joggers hoeing manically and Buddhists meditating near cabbage patches.

The Commons Select Committee report, The Future For Allotments, claims the health benefits are outstanding …