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Gardening activities can be viewed as "a lifestyle choice" that helps to improve fitness levels and contribute to environmental aims, it has been suggested.

Donna McDaid, national secretary for the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), claimed that 30 minutes of gardening can burn as many calories as aerobic exercise and can help to tackle problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

She also pointed to the benefits of grow-your-own gardening, adding: "People are choosing allotments as a lifestyle choice and making a conscious effort to help protect the environment by reducing their carbon footprint and air miles.

"You can also choose what you want to grow, how you wish to grow it and have a real sense of achievement knowing that you have grown something from seed and chemical free if you want to."

Homeowners seeking to get the most from their outdoor plots could choose to invest in quality garden buildings such as summer houses or log cabins. Ms McDaid's comments come after a survey by NSALG found that the average 745kg of produce that an allotment holder grows each year would be worth £1,564 if sold.

Posted by David Webb   - 01 February 2011
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