At the Allotment - January
Weeding the beds
This is a more general view, giving an idea of what allotments look like. Each section is separated from its neighbour by a narrow grassed path.
There is no national standard size for an allotment, but they tend to be about 10 rods - which is about 302 square yards or approx 253 sq.m. (taken from - A brief history of Allotments in the UK -
In the background you can see water butts and lidded compost bins.
The Parish Council owns the land and sets the rules. On this site there are 66 full plots, some of which are let as half plots. You can see the whole site from the air - here -
You might be able to tell that there were originally many more allotments, enclosed by the hedge you can see. The site was reduced in size when holding an allotment became unpopular.
At the moment there is quite a long waiting list, because people are trying to save money by growing their own. Of course, when you grow your own vegetables you know what's in them too - and they do taste much nicer.
This series of pictures are from local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for personal use. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.
I do not have an allotment. I am grateful to the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.
Picture taken 16th January 2009
The series can be seen by taking the last number from the url and hitting return.
For example -> http://ellie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/At_the_Allotment_-_January_/1/
is the first picture.
The whole series will be seen here -> http://ellie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/At_the_Allotment_-_January_/***
Apologies to those of you who may have seen this picture in January, but I had put these pictures in what I thought was some sort of logical order and it got spoiled a bit by the downtime. So I'm re-running the last few, including the wheelbarrow which some of you have already commented on.
Please be patient, I'll get there in the end!***.