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    Ruthie_Q is offline Germinator
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    Default Help I have a tarmac drive on my allotment ?!@

    Hi there peeps

    Hope you're all having a good day.

    It seems i am finding out why my allotment has had so many previous tenents. From chest high weeds, to filling a midi skip full of rubbish, finding the remains of an Anderson shelter to now a tarmac drive under 6" of soil.

    We are going to have to build raised beds to be able to plant anything, I know that, but we have access issues so any soil is going to have to be in bags. Does anybody have any cheap ideas to fill the beds or what to do with the area and how deep do my beds have to be. The area is a bit bigger than a garage size.

    I was thinking of splitting the area into 3 and having a 3rd with wild flowers and then planting in the raised beds. The beds were goung to be 2.4m x 1.2m with a 1m ish path between

    Thanks in advance x

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    Thelma Sanders is offline Gardening Guru
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    You aren't expected to pay for the plot are you, if it's as bad as that? I'd be getting the council/land owner to sort it out. It is not reasonable to expect an allotment tenant to put that kind of thing right..

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    If a reasonable area of tarmac and good top soil. Either use it as a path and build beds to either side or build the beds on the tarmac and use the soil recovered from between to fill along with muck etc.


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    You waited 18 years for a plot and you've been given a rubbish dump and tarmac! That's appalling.
    Complain and ask for help - and don't pay for it!
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    Ruthie_Q is offline Germinator
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    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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    Ruthie_Q is offline Germinator
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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

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    As its a Council plot, how about nipping in to their yard and "borrowing" a JCB one Sunday ? - hopefully no one will notice, if you put it back promptly :-)
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    Similar kind of thing on my plot, concrete shed base. Iíve used pallet collars to make raised beds ( got them from a place in Golbourne, so not far from you ), filled the bottom with cardboard and any compost I could beg off other plot holders. Topped of with manure that Iíve bagged up at local farms.
    Last edited by Logunner; 11-10-2018 at 07:38 PM.

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