I debated this in my head as to whether it meant that the wealthy members of Maidenhead’s waiting list would be able to bump their way up, or perhaps the luxury plots, complete with shed and greenhouse, were so big that several families might be able to club together and secure some growing space, making the whole thing really cost-effective.
Once this all proved too much for my little brain (that’s quick, by the way), I moved on to whiling away a few minutes of my lunch hour researching waiting lists on Google (in case you didn’t know, they’re big), and stumbled across a novel idea from Eastbourne Borough Council.
Would I Give Up Half My Plot?
They’re asking current plotholders to consider giving up half their allotment to reduce the waiting list. As I supped my cup of tea, I began pondering again. Would I be prepared to do this?
I’m not sure of the size of the waiting list at the Burnham plots, but I do know that there are some people who work 3 and 4 full size plots. I’m sure they’re lovely people and work their allotment really hard, but I can’t help asking myself why on earth you’d need that much land?
I’d like to think that I’d be happy to give up half my allotment to a newbie. Getting as many people as possible growing their own fruit and veg was the reason this great British tradition came into existence, after all.
No – I’ve Worked Hard and Spent Money!
Yet in the back of my mind, there’s a voice that says no. It’s my plot, I’ve worked really hard over the past 4 years to get it to a stage where it is fertile, organized and producing. I’ve invested in fruit bushes and raspberry canes that fill a third of the area – if I gave up the half of the plot that doesn’t contain this, I’d be left with little room for my veg.
What if I don’t get on with my neighbours? What if they don’t weed, or the plot gets overgrown? Would it upset me to see the land go fallow again?
But What About My Unused Space?
On the other hand, there is the challenge of squeezing my veg into a small space though, and every year I worry about not having the room on my plot and wind up with empty space. Someone else could be making use of that bare soil…
We could share things too, to reduce cost, and I never use all my seeds in one year. It’d be great to be able to buy packets together and save a few quid.
What Do You Think?
Fortunately, I don’t think there’s any danger of the Burnham plots being so over-subscribed that I’ll have to make this decision any time soon. It’s a healthy debate to have with myself though, and I thought I’d throw it open to veg growing bloggers out there.
As for my final answer – well, as much as I’d like to think I’d help out, I’m kind of erring on the side of not sharing…