PENSIONERS still keen to 'grow their own' are being offered a helping hand with allotments, in a move that is designed to keep them fit and active too.

Older borough residents can apply for prerotovated Hillingdon Council allotments, where the topsoil has already been broken up.

Councillor Ray Pudifoot, the leader of Hillingdon Council and its older people's champion, said: "Renting allotments has many benefits which include healthy eating, regular exercise and meeting new people.

"In recent months, the council has been working hard to promote allotments and we hope our older residents will take up this excel-lent opportunity."

The council, the National Allotment Gardens Trust and the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, hope the scheme will highlight the availability of plots in the borough.

Council allotments cost between £16.40 and£63.75 per year with concessions for senior citizens and disabled residents.

Plans are also in place to improve access and provide toilets at the council's allotment sites.

For more information email nporter@hillingdon.gov.uk   or call 01895 277765.