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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    Would a layer of sand not be sufficient as its not really load bearing (which would require concrete) and any weeds that popup in between will only be in sand and easily removed!
    Snadger, my plot is infested with bindweed, so I don't think the sand would work, as the roots can reach a depth of 18ft. I spent most of last season weeding both the beds and the paths, so I want to reduce the weeding this year so I can concentrate on the important bits... the veggies!

    Thanks to everyone else for their suggestions. I think I might go with SR's advice of putting down the spunbond fabric. Someone on ebay is selling 100m x 1.5m for 36 - very cheap if you see the garden centre prices 10m x 1m for 14.99!
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    I would add another layer of wood chips.

    If I was going to put down slabs I would dig out all the chips and compost them and then tramp the earth down put a layer of Sand and then just out the slabs on that.
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    How about broken down pallets! That way you can dictate the width of the paths and they are free from a lot of garden centres!!
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    Hi - I took on my allotment about a year ago and inherited carpet paths...a few months later the council ordered us to remove carpets, 'cos most of them leech chemicals into the soil. Not being able to transport/afford bark or slabs, I used the grass/turf from my overgrown allotment to make a new path. Some people round her even mow them...which is better than vacuuming the carpets i spose ; )

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    Plot No 1 has edged beds, with weed control fabric covered in bark, Plot No 2 currently has mud, but we are hoping to get some edgng put in, then put down some cardboard, weed control fabric and bark chipping!
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    Thanks for that Snadger! Our council don't do wood chippings, so I'll put the plastic and sand down for the time being! Ta chuck! DDL
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlung View Post
    Hi - I took on my allotment about a year ago and inherited carpet paths...a few months later the council ordered us to remove carpets, 'cos most of them leech chemicals into the soil. Not being able to transport/afford bark or slabs, I used the grass/turf from my overgrown allotment to make a new path. Some people round her even mow them...which is better than vacuuming the carpets i spose ; )
    Or vacuuming the grass?!!! LOL DDL
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    We have a maze of grass paths round and between our allotments, we are obliged by the committee to keep them neat,trimmed and safe for others accessing their plots. My plot is a mixture of one main grass path down the centre and carpeted paths between raised beds with bark chips on top of that. I'm experimenting with wood left over from decking the garden and some purpose made plastic roof tiles that clip together (also leftovers). the wood and tiles are slippery and i will probably remove them soon and use the for something else. So carpet or weed suppressant and chipping seem to be best, even though it needs renewing once a year. its also free, from local tre surgeon and carpet shop with a big skip full of old hessian backed carpet.
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