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    The only reason I mentioned it was cos on one of the other pages someone said that he knew of a person who had 3 plots and was selling his produce to a local shop.To me this is out of order as all I want to do is grow enough to supply myself with veg throughout the year which I am unable to do with the size of my garden.
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    Just to reiterate what the other 'two plotters' have said.

    Please don't be too hard on the 'two plotters' as the majority were rented, (usually derelict plots no-one else would have) well before the terms 'Air miles' and 'Organic' became fashionable and they are usually maintained to the highest of standards.
    The rules of our Association have always been that if there is a waiting list a plot is offered to people on the waiting list BEFORE being offered to anyone on site who already has a single plot. The committee have the final decision whether to allow an existing plot holder to rent another plot solely on merit!
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    we had 2 1/2 plots as at time alloties were not too trendy(3 years ago!!!) they were totally overgrown when we took them on and still suffer from bindweed and horsetail -you just have to keep hacking it back and be patient. I gave up a half plot that was attached to these '2' plots as I heard there was a waiting list only for the rather snotty man who has taken it on to say 'this horsetail is a real pain, so good of you not to clear it' in a sarcastic voice so I will not be giving up anymore, ever. i would like to see anyone else deal with its weed infestation. What a rude, selfish man. he also lets his dog run all over the place. I would rather have a sea of weeds next to me than a grotty allotie neighbour.

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    I didn't mean to upset anyone,it was just an observation and something I needed to get off my chest.
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    Well I've got 3 plots and I've worked damn hard to clear them, spent a small fortune in tools, timber, netting etc.

    I'm on a large site, approx 150 plots and only about half taken. Living in Milton Keynes, what with it being a naturally expanding town and the pressures being brought to bear by the government to add thousands more homes, it needs people like myself at present to to invest the time effort and money to get these sites into use because once they're gone, they're gone.

    Even on my site there are people who think I shouldn't have been able to take on 3 plots and were convinced that I'd be gone in months. Well I'm up to my second anniversary in July and despite illness and a full time job I've turned a jungle and scrap pile into something resembling what I judge I want it to be like.

    I can fully understand the frustration of someone waiting ages and ages for a plot and there apparently being greedy people with multiple plots but as said in other posts, it would be grossly unfair to take away "excess" plots from people who have put so much into their allotment only to be passed to people who may or may not keep it up to scratch.

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    I agree with stacey steve, what probably needs to happen though is more strict policing of overgrown plots. I hear it is really difficult to get someone to leave that isn't really interested. There are at least 5 plots i know of that have been a mess for 3 years, i don't understand why they are not given to people that want them, then of course the real issue here is not the size of the plot but council getting more land for this expanding hobby and meeting peoples needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petal View Post
    .............. what probably needs to happen though is more strict policing of overgrown plots.
    I agree, but speaking as an allotment Secretary,being a policeman was not part of the job description. In my short time in office I have sorted out a regular supply of wood chippings, sorted out rat poison,sorted Public liability Insurance, had numerous correspondence with various bodies and tried to bring our allotments into the 21st century.
    I go to the allotment to do what most other allotmenteers do, grow organic veg, keep fit, enjoy peace and quiet etc. not to traypse around in gestapo boots laying down the law to unruly plot holders!

    In my view the policing should be done by the local Council rep who needs to visit the sites ocassionally and ask for the names and addresses of plotholders who THEY feel aren't pulling there weight. This way the Committee will not suffer flack from irate rentees who feel they have been victimised and they are divorced from any kind of backlash or nastiness.
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    Once again I apologise I didn't mean to offend anyone.
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