Plymouth allotments 'like a haven' for gardeners during lockdown

Gardeners in Plymouth say their allotments have been like a 'haven' during lockdown, keeping them mentally and physically active.

Many plots have been allowed to stay open, with tenants following social distancing rules.

Allotments can be good for physical and mental health. Credit: ITV News

Another allotment owner Laura Biggs adds: "It's not just the exercise, it's the act of growing things, getting your hands in the soil, getting outside in nature, it's been shown to improve mental health.

"You could be having a really bad day trying to home school your kids and it's all gone horribly wrong. But you come up to the plot, potter around, do a bit of weeding, sit on the bench and look at the view, it's lovely."

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University professor Mike Sheaff rents an allotment plot in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

Working from home is now a big part of our lives, so a trip to the allotment can be just what the doctor ordered.

University professor Mike Sheaff says his plot gave him an excuse to get away from his desk.

Many allotment sites stayed open during lockdown. Credit: ITV News

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