Home-grown fruit and vegetables can also help you achieve eating the recommended five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables as part of your diet, and can reduce your food bills.

Portsmouth has a number of initiatives to provide you with advice and experience to grow your own fruit and vegetables. A wide range of volunteering opportunities are also available.

Community allotment

The community allotment is a council project that has been running since 2002 and has made an important contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of many Portsmouth residents.

The community allotment has four plots (with disabled access), two poly tunnels and a training pod. For over ten years this community project has offered training, confidence building, volunteering opportunities, a therapeutic environment and a shared appreciation of growing things.

Portsmouth residents can get involved in the community allotment themselves - health and social care departments can also make referrals.

Community or school groups can access the allotment for visits and learning workshops too.

For more information email iwt@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, or phone 023 9284 1762 or 07984 154 466.

Further information on the last ten years of the community allotment can be found in the document below.

  • Milton Piece Allotments, Locksway Road, Milton PO4 8LF

Tips on growing food

There are many factsheets available online about growing your own fruit and vegetables:

Community orchards and council allotments

Portsmouth City Council has over 1,400 allotment plots at eleven sites throughout the city. They are so popular that all have waiting lists.

Other useful growing information 

Food Growing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) 

With the recent launch of Southsea Greenhouse and the Portsmouth Food Partnership, and the city's newly-affiliated membership of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, it is clear that there is rising interest in local food production.

This is driven by a desire for healthier lifestyles, an appreciation of the wellbeing value of food growing, and a move towards more sustainable communities.

To help meet this demand the city council has improved existing allotments. Although It's difficult in a city to find areas of space available for new allotments, opportunities do exist to create innovative food-growing spaces, such as rooftop gardens and green balconies.

The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), available below, provides guidance to developers about how to add value to their developments through the inclusion of food growing spaces. The document also provides advice to community groups on how they can create new food growing spaces in existing buildings and spaces around the city.

The SPD was approved for consultation on 23 June 2015. If you have any questions, please email us or call 023 9268 8633.

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