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Plotting for the future

So much more than just a place to grow fruit and veg, we talk to the people reaping the benefits of an allotment

The great outdoors, fresh produce that you can proudly claim you grew yourself, a chance to meet new people and a sustainable way to put food on your table – we hardly need to sell to you the multitude of benefits the humble allotment has. With their roots dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, these gardening plots were traditionally given to the labouring poor for the provision of food growing, in an era of rapid industrialisation of the nation. Nowadays, the class associations may not be relevant, but allotments are more popular than ever. In fact, it is estimated that over 90,000 gardeners want an allotment and are on waiting lists (nsalg.org.uk). Whether this space allows people to boost their health and wellbeing, or is a way for them to tread lighter on the Earth, we hear from two different people on what an allotment means to them.

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Hello, Most women can remember their first period. Maybe you were lucky enough to have someone comfort and reassure you during yours, or maybe you worked things out for yourself. Either way, for a lot of women, from that first period onwards, it’s a monthly event that is shrouded in shame. A hush-hush secret between friends, a missed PE lesson, a surreptitious tampon passed underhand from a colleague, a sanitary pad shoved up a sleeve, a handbag conspicuously carried to the bathroom – for something perfectly natural, experienced by 50 per cent of the population, why the stigma? We spoke to the brilliant illustrator Hazel Mead (p20) about period shame and how, with her clever drawings, she is breaking taboos and opening up the conversation. Her pieces challenge misconceptions around real topics – like feminism, sex and periods – and she is a passionate campaigner against period poverty. Like Hazel, it’s about bloody time we put an end to the humiliation and mystique around our periods, and liberated ourselves by talking about them honestly and openly. Aside from the emotional impact of periods, they create some shocking environmental damage, too. While we’re all trying our best to use our keep cups and Tupperware, we need to consider the footprint of our sanitary products. Each pad used is the equivalent of four plastic carrier bags – a female uses on average 11,000 throwaway period products in a lifetime, so, if these are all pads, that’s equal to 44,000 carrier bags. Fortunately, there are some great alternatives which are better for the planet and your pocket, too – find out more on p80. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor