Shows such as Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden are blamed for the increasing number of allotments left unkempt and decade-long waiting time for tenancies.
I’m sure there are many reasons why ones allotment garden goes to wrack and ruin, but I don’t think you can lay blame at the feet of hosts or producers of television gardening shows. How about if the lazy people who neglect their plots take responsibility for the mess? If they can’t keep the weeds down (to prevent them spreading to adjoining plots) and maintain basic garden hygiene, there should be a mechanism of warnings followed by the loss of the allotment – it’s pretty simple! Just basic common sense…
I wonder if this is a problem on this side of the pond? Never having had an allotment garden, I’ve no experience with them. The ones I’ve passed by have all seemed to be fairly tidy! All I know about them is that demand has outstripped supply in many communities and I occasionally read about new allotments being established to try and answer the demand. They are certainly a boon for those with no access to a garden of their own.
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