Posted: 09/05/2015 at 16:37
The site is managed but people do neglect their plots whether they are good friends or relations of the committee I couldn't say. I'm sure other allotment sites have their fair share of neglected plots. I'll give you a for instance. my plot was completely neglected when I took it on, I was shown 6 or 7 other plots and only one could have been described as cultivated some were worse than the one that I took which was waist high in weeds at the time. This plot had been used for keeping chickens and storage of materials by one of the committee members who had decided to give it up but not before letting it go to weed, I was told by a long time plot holder that he couldn’t remember it ever being cultivated before. The person who had the plot also had the next one which he did cultivate but in a way that still had uncultivated areas of weed. Eventually the chap decided to also give this plot up, now this plot wasn’t offered to someone on the waiting list as it was in fair condition with a fruit cage and substantial shed and greenhouse but went to the son of someone on the site who since taking it on twelve months ago hasn’t done much more than scratch about on it moving slabs etc. In fact the fruit cage which was full of large juicy currants was left to rot on the cane, such a waste. The plot the other side was rented by a chap who I first set eye upon after six months of me having mine, he was a nice chatty chap who had no interest in gardening at all he even admitted that his idea of growing crops was to dig a space in the weeds and plant something then let it look after itself. He came a couple of times with the help of his sister in-law he managed to dig the plot over but the next year he paid for someone to dig it for him but never planted anything and it was unused for another 12 months. He only bothered with the bottom half of this full plot and the neighbour next to him had the top half which was occasionally mown couch grass for his chickens to run free on. As I say this site has a very active committee which raises funds has a good relationship with the local council and police, provide water troughs, have renovated a cabin for their own use, just got the council to provide a new access gate and the rent is £30 per full plot a year. The council officer inspects the site regularly but there are still unused and neglected plots which could be put to better use.