Good news to report, when I managed to catch up with the Sunday papers this morning…. The Independent on Sunday which raised the alarm over allotments last Sunday (see The end of the good life) now reckons that, thanks to its threat to start a ‘save our forests’ type campaign, the government has already backed down and the prime minister says that allotments are wonderful and has pledged that they ‘have his full support’. Read more.
Well, that is all to the good, but we have all heard such pledges before so I would suggest that all allotment supporters continue to keep a weather eye on local ‘restructuring’, ‘cost cutting’ and ‘rationalisation’ measures….
Meanwhile….. I have to report that what looks as though they could be chard and spinach shoots (only identfiable from the weeds by the fact that they are popping up in rows rather than at random) are making a showing in my herbaceous patch…. My next hurdle is ‘thinning them out’. But I am not worried….. I know that I can call on the expertise of my good friend Sarah Langton-Lockton who not only has a massive allotment of her own but writes an allotment column for the Lady magazine each week… Dare I ask her to look at my humble rows?…..