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    Do you use them? I've read much about growing potatoes in them but never tried.

    There's one been left on the grass opposite here by the kids and I was thinking of tidying it up ...

    I know there's a lot of debate about whether they're bad for the soil.

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    We tried once years ago. The tyres got really hot (full sun, Devon) plus full of ants nests and slugs and snails. The crop was poor and I didn't try again.

    If I had free tyres to hand I probably would give it another go and try a better location!
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    If you're thinking about using them on the plot, check your tenancy agreement - B'ham council banned the use of tyres a couple of years ago.
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    I used them, a few years ago. Not worth the bother really, and there's the pollution issue.

    I think they're better used recycled & shredded for play park surfaces.

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Hazel, any idea why? - the plot next to my daughter has a number tyres on it holding down tarp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel at the Hill View Post
    If you're thinking about using them on the plot, check your tenancy agreement - B'ham council banned the use of tyres a couple of years ago.
    I've read it in Manchester's too very recently.

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    Hazel, any idea why? - the plot next to my daughter has a number tyres on it holding down tarp
    I think because they are classed as 'hazardous' - rule 10.9 in the agreement reads: No toxic or hazardous materials or contaminated waste or tyres should be stored or brought onto the Site.

    No idea why they are classed as hazardous, but I guess it's something to do with the perceived threat of leaching of chemicals?

    We also have bans on carpet/underlay, sheet metal/barbed wire and "The Allotment Garden may not be used for any illegal or immoral purpose"(!).
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    Agreeing on a definition of 'immoral' could prove hazardous!
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