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    One possible way out for us is for the Association to take over the plot ourselves. We did this one year with another plot with big plans for composting toilet, disabled plot and meeting hut and shop. This didn't happen but this plot would be better suited for this purpose because it is the first plot as you enter the site.It would lend itself better to a communal area.
    As long as we can do without the rent for this single plot. I may put it to the populace at the AGM in February.
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    Someone has just restored my faith in human nature! Meeting next week to view the plot!
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    On my old site, the committee took over a half plot, put a hooge polytunnel on it & used it for growing plants for the mid summer sale............I reckon it paid for itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    On my old site, the committee took over a half plot, put a hooge polytunnel on it & used it for growing plants for the mid summer sale............I reckon it paid for itself.
    Funny you should say that BM, there's a huge industrial galvanised metal frame work for polytunnel already on this plot with at least half a dozen hoops spanning about 6 metres!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ESBkevin View Post
    My own unit had been sprayed & strimmed on one half and rotavated on the other before I got on there. Spray chemical issues aside it made the start seem easier even though I had a bindweed infestation.
    Both those things would have made me seriously consider if I wanted a plot in that site. Rotivating would have made my weeds much worse and one of my main reasons for growing was to avoid ingesting chemicals as much as possible. I much preferred to get a totally blank canvas (admittedly rather a wilderness) as I was able to be responsible for my decisions. Rotivating and dosing with weed killer will give the illusion of a clear plot but it's only an illusion and the weeds will come back anyway.
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    I love run down plots. They are a blank canvas and also little treasure troves. I found a car trailer, two wheel barrows plus assorted garden tools on my one.
    Alright it took me months to clear a little bit at a time but that was the fun in it. To stand back and say yep I dug all of that, I put the paths down and built the compost bins gives me great satisfaction. If I took over a neat pre dug plot where would the fun, the learning experience, finding what I am capable of and what I can achieve come from?
    People want a Gardeners World plot without the hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noviceveggrower View Post
    People want a Gardeners World plot without the hard work.
    Not helped by that silly show on TV.


    I've heard of other places charging a huge deposit and that being used to sort plots out if you don't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alldigging View Post
    Not helped by that silly show on TV.


    I've heard of other places charging a huge deposit and that being used to sort plots out if you don't do it.
    The problem with a huge deposit is that people from a poor community like ours will be put off and only the rich would be able to afford a plot. Rather self defeating in that allotments were an original concept for poor people to subsidize there meager wages. 80% of our existing plot holders are on some sort of benefits.
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