A study conducted by a university in the Netherlands has discovered that those aged over 60 who had high levels of activity gained from working on an allotment were more likely to feel a sense of wellbeing.
The average time spent on the allotment by those who showed the greatest sense of wellbeing was 32 hours a week and 54% of those with an allotment regularly ate the food they had grown – further adding to the health benefits.
Individuals reported fewer visits to the doctor and lower levels of stress.
Agnes van den Berg from the university stated that the study shows the first evidence of the benefits of allotments and gardening in general, but that further investigation was required.
There are currently waiting lists for allotments across the UK with a 20% increase in interest in the last year.