These sites are always rich in wildlife, and I don't just mean the plotholders , and are a facinating study by themselves. Each plotholder will have a different method of cultivation, and their own choice of crops. In London, they are of heavy clay and do a wonderful job of growing brambles.
Each plotholder will have a different method of cultivation, and their own choice of crops. The 5 pole plot looks like one good weekend will sort it but this is far from the case. What is an allotment? This will not become a blog or diary, but a series of articles that I hope will be of use or interest to you. This was considered enough to keep a family of urchins full of greens. Allotments by their very nature tend to be of marginal quality in nature, fairly small, unsuitable for building and often underlying wet. The reality of hard clay soil, a bewildering array of pests feasting at your expense and weeds regrowing the moment your back is turned often spoils the dream. Logo photographed by and copyright Rogan Macdonald Life on a London allotment. The traditional measurement of land in England is the acre. This is an English custom that dates back thousands of years to the days when the principal landowner was the Church. One acre being roughly the amount of land a man with a team of oxen could plough in a day. For the benefit of any foriegn readers, an allotment is a plot of land made available by the local authorities for a small annual rent. In London, they are of heavy clay and do a wonderful job of growing brambles. Remember, in those days the plough could only work in one direction and the ploughman had to lift the ploughshare up while the oxen pulled it back to the beginning ready to start another furrow. This upsurge has brought in many newcomers, and while they have the spirit of the enterprize, they tend to lack knowledge, tools, fitness and strength. This gives rise to the ramshackle appearance of these sites particularly as most occupants pride themselves on their ability to avoid spending money. In more recent times, successive wars created food shortages in the towns and cities and several laws have been passed to force the local authorities to provide land at economic rates wherever there was the need. The 10 chains length was considered the maximum practical distance for ploughing and became known as the furrow-lengh, furrow-long or furlong. During the latter part of the 20th century, allotments in general fell into disuse and were in danger of being lost forever, but recently they have been having a renaissance in popularity and are now becoming hard to find, with sites in better locations having waiting lists of several years. Nowadays, these plots have been further reduced in size to 5 poles. A typical site will have between 20 and several hundred plotholders, each with their own unique reason for being there. Over the next couple of years, I plan to put together a series of pages to provide an insight into what is required to work an allotment satisfactorily. The chain also just happens to be the length of a cricket pitch. That was rural life in the dark ages. These sites are always rich in wildlife, and I don't just mean the plotholders , and are a facinating study by themselves.
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