I do not have an allotment. I sort of wish that I did but I do not think that I have the time, the knowledge or the staying power to make a go of it. Well, that’s my excuse anyhow…
But I do lots of vicarious allotment gardening – mainly thanks to my good friend Sarah Langton Lockton, ‘garden lady’ at the The Lady magazine. Her well worked allotment provides us with delicious salads and vegetables for our monthly jigsaw evenings, not to mention snippets of juicy allotment gossip!
I therefore feel quite entitled to get steamed when a ‘planning initiative’ threatens some well loved and well worked clutch of allotment gardens – providing real, fresh (unprocessed and horsemeat-polluted….) food for local residents.
That is what is happening in Watford at Farm Terrace where 65 allotments have flourished on an ex-sewage farm site since 1896. Developers are promising new plots and a community garden two miles away in return for turning Farm Terrace into a new ‘health campus’ and housing – but do we believe that this will really be an improvement?
Well, the very active Farm Terrace Allotments Society certainly does not think so. They are fighting hard to save their allotments – currently applying for them to be designated a ‘community asset’. You can check out more at their website – www.farmterrace.btck.co.uk. Nor does John Walker of Hartley Botanicals – check in here for his informed and impassioned defence of Farm Terrace and allotments in general. Then, if you are convinced, you can, like me, vote on the 38 degrees website to support their campaign.