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Thread: allotments - should be cleared before allocating Y or N?

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    The council could fund a skip if it's very bad andlet the tenant clear it. Unless there's asbestos there then it shouldn't be dangerous.

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    I do not know of anybody that i know me included that has got a plot that was not an overgrown jungle

    i have had 3 that had not been touched for years, I might be wrong i have known people on our site that have got good plots when they know somebody is leaving and the plot is beautiful.

    But the difference between them and me is they are on the committee (look after each other as it were) but they will not take on a plot that is a disgrace as most are.
    only my experience but that happens where i garden

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    Isn't it part of the fun/Exitment to be knee deep on your new piece of land to do as you choose
    When you have a hammer in your hand everything around you starts looking like a nail.

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    The other option is for them to be more proactive at inactive plotholders to ensure plots never get very bad.
    Excessive storage of crud on plots is fairly common. I have heard of one case locally where someone was a window fitter and stored all the old windows on his plot before giving it up and leaving! At 60 quid a year it's an incredibly cheap method of disposing of your rubbish.

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    Our tenancy says you should leave it in a useable state. Trouble is the reality means that plots are left as they are, after all the plot holder is giving up so what do they care. Fortunately most of our vacant plots tend just to be weedy. One plot was particularly bad so the secretary and I had a big bonfire before it was relet.

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    I'm amazed at how many of you are on allotments where plots have been left unattended for so long. I was under the impression that getting an allotment was as rare as getting a beach hut and that waiting lists were sometimes years long!
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    Having taken over two really bad plots, I just don't understand why people leave the dross they do and why on earth bury glass and dig holes line them with carpet and then fill with rubble. Andy my plot neighbour cleared the brambles and discovered he had a 8x6 ft shed at the back of his plot that he didn't know was there until he cut his way in like prince charming trying to get the sleeping beauty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraJH View Post
    I'm amazed at how many of you are on allotments where plots have been left unattended for so long. I was under the impression that getting an allotment was as rare as getting a beach hut and that waiting lists were sometimes years long!
    Ours aren't usually left for long, but they do host an extraordinary amount of gubbins.
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