An allotment garden is a plot of land made available for individual, non-commercial gardening or growing food plants. Such plots are formed by subdividing a piece of land into a few or up to several hundred land parcels that are assigned to individuals or families. Such parcels are cultivated individually, contrary to other community garden types where the entire area is tended collectively by a group of people.
In Singapore, the Allotment concept has been bought to the public by NPARKS. NPARKS’ allotments have been hugely popular, with supply being completely outstripped by demand. So, whether you are management agent, part of an MCST or management council, community or corporate group interested in engaging in horticulture but having missed out on one if these spaces, why wait?
Vegepod can be scaled up or down as demand sees it, can be temporary (and redeployable) or permanent (as it is durable and designed for the outdoors). An allotment initiative can be incrementally increased over time without the need for large mobilisation costs involved in using contractors to install raised beds. Vegepod is simple to assemble, and we know that when people are engaged in the garden right from its construction, that that have a sense of place connected and responsibility to that garden. Vegepod needs no power source therefore can be positioned anywhere there is an underutilised space with an abundance of sun.
The socio-cultural and economic functions of allotment gardens as offering an improved quality of life, an enjoyable and profitable hobby, relaxation, and contact with nature. For children, gardens offer places to play and to learn about nature, while for the elderly and disabled, gardens offer an opportunity to meet people, to share in activity with like-minded people, and to experience activities like planting and harvesting.
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