Deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds, right, presents Caroline Barnes two certificates for the King’s Lynn Community Allotment. Picture: Tony Jones

With the days getting shorter and the weather turning colder, it’s that time of year where I often have to prise myself away from the log burner.

The thought of Christmas shopping, the traffic, the hustle and bustle down the High Street… I think I would rather put my feet up with a cuppa and go for the online shopping option.

But is it good for us to stay indoors? Probably not.

As much as I despise Christmas shopping, there’s still much to be said about being outdoors.

I was reminded of this when I visited King’s Lynn Community Allotment – it’s a slice of tranquillity in The Walks which has fruit trees, vegetables and a herbaceous border.

I chatted to Caroline Barnes, who has dedicated her spare time tending the allotment for the past six years.

“I can’t be indoors,” she said. “It’s a great place to meet. It has an ornamental part and a working part.

“I am are trying to raise the beds so they are more accessible to everyone.”

Sadly, not everyone has the view they want to keep something nice for others to appreciate.

Recently, graffiti appeared on the allotment wall but it was removed immediately.

Caroline said: “It has happened on occasions, but generally, we have been lucky, we’ve not had too much of it.”

Over recent years, volunteer numbers have dwindled to just mainly Caroline and one other volunteer, Herbie Knights, who helps out when he can.

Caroline said: “We’ve lost a few volunteers as they have gone on to look after their own allotments, which is a good thing, but we could do with some help.”

She has called on people who have any spare time to consider helping at the allotment.

Anyone interested can contact her on the King’s Lynn Community Allotment Facebook page.

“All is that is required is a sense of humour,” Caroline added.

While I was at there, West Norfolk Council deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds presented Caroline with two certificates – one for a Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Award and another for an Anglia in Bloom nomination.

Mrs Nockolds said: “I see The Walks as everyone’s back garden. In the summer people come here with their garden chairs and people stop and talk. It has so many health benefits.”

And with that, I think it’s time I donned my bobble hat and started to rake my garden leaves.