THE Henley Allotments Association is encouraging budding gardeners to take up plots.
It has 17 spare allotments at its two sites, Greencroft in White Hill and Watermans in Reading Road.
The plots traditionally come in a size known as 10 poles, which is the equivalent of 250 square metres, though plots half or a quarter of that size are available for beginners.
Association chairman Andrew Hawkins, 69, said: “We have about 200 allotment holders over the two sites and it’s not just retired old fuddies like me, there’s young families with children as well.
“Allotments have been going since 1850 and the standard size of 10 poles was for a working man to grow enough to feed his family without tiring himself out too much for work.”