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    It might be possible to remove it with a pneumatic drill and skip, but it’d be a lot of hard work ( a concrete shed base took me 3 full days, and I only had to cart the concrete about 10m to the skip...).

    However, I personally would go for the less hard work option and try to work with it as much as possible
    If you wanted a shed, or greenhouse, that’d be a good solid base to fix it/them to. It can also be handy to have a bit of a patio/flat working space for construction projects, somewhere sheltered by the shed/gh to put a cold frame or two, a couple of chairs etc. Then, there’s some stuff quite happily grows in shallow soil (maybe a dedicated salad bed?). Then if you still have space, a couple of deeper raised beds for stuff like onions, beetroot which don’t need huge soil depths.

    If you make your tarmac ‘ground level’ in that patch, and scoop all the soil which you do have into the raised beds, it’ll save you carting quite so many bucketfuls of soil/organic matter to your plot ;-)
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    Good luck.
    I'm using anything organic at the base of my latest raised beds - I've got a base of cardboard followed by weeds/spent compost/wood Ash/ shredded hedge/soil then another cardboard layer. Judging by last year's efforts if I finish it off with a couple of inches of compost or much it will work and next year more compost will make it better still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthie_Q View Post
    Yeah its a council one. Was used as a builders yard for 6 years. The coucil dont care in Wigan. He's let me off with 12 months & given me a skip. Thing is ive waited 16 years for this
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    Right Ive sent a mail. It will get ignored but at least ive made a point & Im a woman who likes to make a point........ lol x
    Looks to me like they're trying to fob you off with the worst plot - the one nobody else will take. Are there any more empty plots there? Tell them its not fit to be called an allotment - I would 'cos I'm a chicken who likes to make a point - preferably with a stick.
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    Gosh!...I'd be thinking of putting a greenhouse on top of the driveway

    Maybe makes from old pvc doors and windows?

    But I agree...that's an appalling specimen of an allotment.
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    Hi veggie chicken
    Oh yes yr right. I believe in the last couple of years 2 other plot holders walked off due to the amount of work on it. Unf there are no more plots so it would mean going back on the list. A neighbour has been so lovely said weve done more in 3 months than 1yr plot holders buts its a bit dis-heartening at the mo coupled with my impatience x

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    Hi.
    Is that the pallet place at the back of Asda?

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    what a horrible bit of land,is the tarmac an actuall old road bit,or is it bits piles of dumped stuff,either way,they should be ashamed off themselves,maybe they give everyone a free 12months,it beats them having to clear it,good luck with it,are you able to post any pics yet.
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    Time to contact your local paper, I'd say. That will get their attention if your email doesn't.

    Best of luck.
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