The Allotment Project

On Friday 1st October 2021 we became custodians of a sadly neglected allotment near where we live. It appeared not to have been touched for probably 18 months. This is a photographic record of our progress…


The plot is now officially ours…

Two of the four major plots now cleared; hopefully we’ll be planting in one of them very soon. The old fruit cages have come down which really opens up the space. The majority of the existing fruit bushes will be removed and new bushes housed in the new fruit cage which will be built over the coming couple of weeks.

30 sacks of weeds and grass, and counting..!


Just about one week in and the first task was an initial clearance of the site. As you can see we’re only part-way through, but in the initial clearing of the four main plots and what will become the new fruit cage, have already collected 18 bags of weed and grass! We expect a second tranche of clearing over the same areas in a few days then the majority most likely covered over for the winter. Then it will be on to constructing the new fruit cage.

We hope to have some onions and garlic – plus one or two borders of tulips and daffodils – planted by about 1st November…


As you can see, it’s quite a large plot but totally overgrown. In places the weeds are nearly two metres high; in fact, there are weeds just about everywhere. The fruit cages are bursting, mainly with weeds also. First job is to start clearing the ground and work on weed and grass suppression, then we’re going to tackle the fruit cages.

Did I mention the weeds…?