‘GROW your own’ is the call from Kirklees Council, which is inviting people to get allotments.
The council is inviting people to beat the recent rises in food costs and to grow fruit and veg on their own plot.
Kirklees says having an allotment has many benefits, including enriching health and lifestyle, being environmentally friendly and saving money.
Allotment holding has seen a growth in popularity in recent years.
As a result Kirklees is developing plans to create more allotments throughout the borough.
They hope that many more people will consider renting a plot as food prices continue to rise.
Clr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Cabinet’s member for leisure and neighbourhood services, said: “Allotment gardening is really popular at the moment. We have seen an increasing demand for plots from all parts of the community, with particular interest from women and young families.
“The council has allocated money towards the development of allotments across Kirklees. Site secretaries, plot-holders and interested parties are involved in helping to shape plans for future developments.”
The council runs an annual Kirklees-wide allotment competition to reward plot-holders for their efforts.
Members of the Woodfield Park allotments at Lockwood have been named the winners of the over 25-plot category.
The Plover Road site at Lindley was named winners of the under 25-site group.
The Longley Road site at Lowerhouses was the most improved site.
David Hosley, from Kirklees Culture and Leisure Services, said: “The efforts and hard work of all the plotholders throughout the district could be seen by the condition of the plots and produce that were judged.”
Winners of the open class were Mr M Peaker, from Plover Road, Mr P Rushworth, of Pontey Gardens at Waterloo, and Mrs R Hulme, of Plover Road.
The novice class winners were Mr A Weston, of The Rookery, Mrs S Abbott, of Royds Hall allotments at Paddock, and Mr A Paul, of Pontey Gardens.
Vacant allotments remain at Grove Place, Dalton, and Oakes Mill at Oakes.
If you are interested in becoming an allotment holder phone Kirklees Culture and Leisure Services on 01484 234081.