Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:21
Very interesting reading the replies. When I am out and about, either walking or in the car I cant help but take a look at allotment patches as I pass by.
I would say at the moment the majority of plots are still in the traditional style, however on our patch I would say that a lot of gardeners are going the way of rasied beds, this is I believe because we have lots of new gardeners that haven't been influenced by their peers into the traditional style.
I think it might help with people retaining their allotments because they are definitely easier to maintain once the initial work is done. There is always a significant drop out after a year or so on traditional plots when people realise how much work and time is consumed by them.
Overall a very bright future for allotment gardening but I hope we keep some traditional plots as when well maintained they are a joy.