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Pay someone else to pick your own

An allotment
People can pay 8 a week for the allotments to be managed

People wanting to eat home-grown fruit and vegetables but lacking the time to grow them can now own a trouble-free allotment in Cambridgeshire.

An acre of land has been divided into 50 sections at Wimpole Home Farm, owned by the National Trust.

A grower will plant and harvest crops there on behalf of 50 individual owners who each pay £8 a week.

The National Trust has pledged to create 1,000 allotment plots across the UK in the next three years.

Richard Morris, farm manager at Wimpole, said: "I know there is a demand from people in the local area, and further afield in Cambridge and Royston where allotments are hard to come by."

The Trust has allocated a further two acres at the farm should the local scheme prove successful.

Organisers anticipate that each owner would get a box of fresh produce from their land each week, which should be enough to feed a family of four.

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