A short photo essay on the creation of the latest tranche of allotments.
With householders facing increased bills for fresh food, pressure was put on the Parish Council to facilitate some extra allotments near the Jubilee Wood. The land had always been allocated as allotment ground but it required that the caretaker tenant to relinquish the area of land which he graciously did.
A contractor was organised to create the allotment layout.
The previous crop had been mown down and work began using rotovator to break up the surface.
Quite unusual to see a tractor mounted rotavator in good condition. Most have been consigned to the farm scrap heap as they have been superseded by alternative types of mechanical soil cultivation.
The work nearly complete. Although it looks like an instant seedbed the new allotment holders will tell you its tough digging. Tractor mounted rotavators are notorious for creating a pan just below the surface. The only remedy is the traditional double digging and incorporation of organic matter.
Within a few months some of the allotments are in full production.