Living in London and feeling disconnected from nature? Get yourself an allotment.

allotment in London

Happy as larry.


Living in London – or any city for that matter – can make you feel very disconnected from the natural world, which in turn can make you feel a bit off-balance or perhaps a little stressed. But my aunty Felicity (Fliddy), myself and many other green-fingered fellows have found the perfect cure. Getting yourself an allotment. Or in my case, helping somebody else with theirs. Gardening is renowned for being therapeutic, but there’s something about growing your own produce which is relaxing, but also rewarding and extremely grounding. Not to mention, a great way to make sure you get out of the house and breath the air from an area of London that’s slightly less polluted.

Last Sunday James and I went back to Fliddy’s apartment and helped her with some weeding, and some digging up of the potatoes that we planted together about 6 weeks ago…


Potatoes from the allotment in London

My babies!


Potato that looks like a bum

Cheeky little potato bum!


Tending to an allotment is a great way to get away from it all, without actually leaving the city. When I’m at Aunty Fliddy’s plot, it feels like I’m no longer in London, and having grown up in rural North Wales, that’s an important feeling to feel for me – at least once in a while.

If you’re considering getting an allotment in the next year or so, it’s best to look into it now because some of waiting lists for plots are pretty long in London. Take a look at this website if you’re interested.


4 thoughts on “Living in London and feeling disconnected from nature? Get yourself an allotment.

  1. Hi Flick,

    Great post. I feel your feel re. disconnection from the outside – my flat doesn’t even have window sills deep enough for herb pots let alone a tiny balcony which gets me down.

    I know in some areas of the capital, the waiting list for an allotment can be pretty lengthy. Another way of getting your inner city garden fix is to volunteer with the London Wildlife Trust ( and other similar organisations.

    Glad I found your blog! I’ve recently started posting about the food I enjoy cooking and eating and I’m gradually becoming more aware about how to minimise the impact my eating has on our planet. Feel free to check it out if you like.



    • flickthegreen

      Thank you Hatti!

      I’ve just had a look at your blog and it looks great. It will definitely come in useful for my boyfriend and I in the next couple of weeks because we’re becoming vegetarian! It has been a long time coming… I just love the taste of meat! Haha. But the carbon emissions caused by the meat industry (esp. cattle) mean I can’t justify eating it anymore.

      Flick x

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