Parish Councils and Allotment Requests
Three years ago a number of people living in Harbertonford in Devon got together and approached the parish council to help them find an allotment site. When six or more council tax payers make a request to acquire land for such an endeavour the parish council is obliged to help. Land owners were contacted and a farmer agreed to rent out one of his fields. Within months the native hedges were trimmed and layered and the field was ploughed, limed and harrowed. Twenty plots were marked out some to be offered as full size others as half size, sheds were erected and a water supply plumbed. Three years later the field is fully occupied with twenty or so dedicated allotment growers and several more on a waiting list.
At an open day last weekend Sue Deakin’s bold prints of vegetables were on sale in her shed and homemade cakes and tea were enjoyed by the many visitors.
Self-seeded coriander with the flowers as flavoursome as the leaves were on many of the plots….