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    What is it with people these days, they apply for an allotment plot but aren't prepared to take on a run down plot.
    As allotment Secretary I've just contacted two on the waiting list asking them if the wanted an allotment plot with a rent free period.
    Both appeared to want a cultibvted plot ready to plant.

    Where has peoples spirit of adventure gone. Just look at what myself and Jay-el took on. We are what I would class as 'proppa' gardeners. Both wanting to have a blank canvas to mould to our own design.

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    Its time to accept that you and Jayell are "different"...........and nuts!
    Are the "rundown"plots on offer in the same state as the ones you've taken on? Or are they just overgrown with a hint of their former glory?
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    I don't have a plot but if I decided to get one I would prefer a ready made one as I am inexperienced. It would be too daunting to take on a run down plot as I wouldn't know where to start.

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    I think where possible, notice should be given by either party when vacating a plot, this then gives time for the site to issue the plot to someone else whilst still in a reasonable condition. Far too many plots are left unattended for too long leaving them to get overgrown thereby making it difficult to issue them.
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    If it's overgrown & a mess you can design it with your own plans which seems better to me than growing on someone else's plot design. I don't have an allotment but I've got hours to spend digging & weeding,some people might not have much free time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Its time to accept that you and Jayell are "different"...........and nuts!
    Are the "rundown"plots on offer in the same state as the ones you've taken on? Or are they just overgrown with a hint of their former glory?
    Not half quarter as bad as mine or Jayells! These punters didn't even want to look at the plot though!

    Whichever plot i took on I would want to gut it and start again. Maybe it is us being nuts?

    I sse it like buying a house. I couldn't/wouldn't buy a house that I would happily move straight into without major work. Main reason would be cost, but putting your own stamp on something shows your individuallity.

    I've seen people ont telly who wouldn't put an offer in for a house because they didn't like the wallpaper!

    I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't finish up negotiating a rent free period with the committee, taking on the plot mesell, and filling it full of tatties like i did last year on my new plot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jane View Post
    If it's overgrown & a mess you can design it with your own plans which seems better to me than growing on someone else's plot design. I don't have an allotment but I've got hours to spend digging & weeding,some people might not have much free time?
    If they didn't have the time to cultivate an allotment plot, why ask to go on the waiting list? I realise allotmenteering isn't for everyone, but if they thought they wouldn't have time, why apply for a plot in the first place. Did they want someone to dig it for them?

    When the allotment craze was at its height, there were even Yuppies taking on plots and paying someone to work them, just so they could be hip and tell everyone they had an allotment!

    There is a site close to ours that has every plot the same size. They all have a clump of rhuibarb, a gooseberry bush and a blackcurrant bush situated in the same position on the plot and you can't move them. Each is a mirror imge of the other. Weekly check are done to make sure their isn't a weed out of place, or that you haven't grown a carrot where a cabbage should be. My idea of purgatory methinks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    I think where possible, notice should be given by either party when vacating a plot, this then gives time for the site to issue the plot to someone else whilst still in a reasonable condition. Far too many plots are left unattended for too long leaving them to get overgrown thereby making it difficult to issue them.
    Great in theory but does not work in practice because of the council officers, I have been asking and asking for the council officer to send me people on the waiting list to view two plots that are so bad that I have negotiated them at rent free for the first year and that was since notice to quit were issued in the end of July.

    We now have another three half plots up for grabs and so far after five viewings have only let one and that is to an existing half plot owner who wants more growing space and didn't want to view. So far all of them have said it's too much work if they had seen mine or Andy's the brambles were so high we didn't know he had a 6ft x 8ft shed at the back of his plot until we uncovered it.

    We have heard that because of budget cuts and a contractor taking over that next year the council officer who is taking over the client side allotment management isn't interested in if they cultivate the plots, as long as they pay the rent he couldn't care less and will not have time to deal with non cultivation and improvement notices.
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