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    ldsau93 is offline Seedling
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    Default Allotments - strictest restrictions?

    had an interesting chat with a colleague who told me about the restrictions at his site which includes:
    - no trees (fair enough)
    - no sheds (due to previous arson attacks)
    - no fruit bushes (!!)

    I've also heard of bans on perennials such as rhubarb.

    I'd be interested to see how this compares with your own experiences.

    The strictest rule we have is no bonfires during the day which although occasionally inconvenient I think is fair.

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    No trees at all.
    No fruit bushes or rhubarb without informing council (some people only grew fruit to sell! or so I'm told)
    No sheds or greenhouse/tunnel without council permission.
    No hosepipes.
    No carpet.

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    No concrete foundations, no glass bottle 'sculptures' , no caravans and no sleeping on the allotments overnight. No livestock without written permission and no dogs kept permanently on sites.

    Mind you....one guy near the bottom DOES have a caravan on site but he's disguised it (not very well I must add) with wood Could have sworn I had a photo of it but cannot find it yet....may be in a photobucket file....

    Generally though they're pretty good about just leaving us alone

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    No Tyres
    And the subject of use of weed killer is on the agenda for the meeting at the end of the month.

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    No sheds above 4'6". We've restricted greenhouses to 8'by 6' and no glass ourselves. Trees need to be on a dwarfing rootstock but I've yet to see what that is.

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    My old site was trees must be in pots, there was an allocated space on each allotment for shed or polycarb gh, no glass, no fires and no animals.

    Although there was nothing in the contract about baths or similar recycling/upcycling I was told the landowner was not happy I had an old bath and I needed to box it in (prettify it basically)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WendyC View Post
    No sheds above 4'6".
    I assume you mean in height, in which case they're not a shed but a storage container as you can't stand in it. What a real shame, I'd be lost without my shed to shelter in when it rains. To be honest many of these rules seem over the top and thankfully we aren't burdened in this way. We're supposed to ask permission for a greenhouse / tunnel but when I did the lady at the council was a bit surprised I'd asked. Our main rule is the unwritten one about bearing your neighbours in mind when doing anything. This works well on our small site and does away with the need for "what if" crack downs.

    Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.

    Which one are you and is it how you want to be?

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    Yes it's tool boxes only. To put it in context the plots are only 2.5 rods each. If you then put a large shed on it there'd not be much growing room. When I first had a plot, we weren't even meant to have tool boxes, but we managed to get that changed. There are times I'd like to be able to shelter or hide or even spend a penny!
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