Allotment Productivity and Inspections

There has been (or soon will be) an inspection of our allotment site. It’s always a time of some trepidation for those of us who have been given a plot fairly recently. We were given plot #103 nearly a year ago – in June 2010 in fact, so we get quite worried about whether we’ve ‘done enough’ to avoid a cultivation notice.

So I’ve been looking at the evidence: this is plot 103 when we took it over last June. Not so much an allotment as a place with potential to be an allotment. We took a good look at the trees and the lack of cultivation and decided that we could do something with it. Of course at the time we didn’t know about the lizards …

Lizards are a protected species and you are not supposed to do anything that will disturb their habitat, so when we found a complete nest (haven, collection, flock?) of juvenile lizards in the August, we realised we were going to have to do a bit less work and a bit more environment management than we’d anticipated. We’re still trying to work out how to get the bottom corner of the plot into reasonable cultivation whilst preserving the home of the lizards but I think we’ve made a reasonable fist of getting quite a lot of the rest of the plot into cultivation.

From this picture you can see that the trees are gone, there’s a strawberry bed, a raspberry bed, broad beans, onions, cardoons and currants. We’ve sown a bed of parsnips and got another ready for leeks, while the double beds behind the fuchsia are for sweetcorn when it’s ready to go out. Then there’s a bed for courgettes and both sides of the path are in the process of being planted: the east side with flowers and perennials and the west side with salad vegetables and winter greens.

But we won’t know for a couple of weeks, until we hear that others have been given their cultivation notice and we haven't …

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, April 11, 2011

6 Comments:

Blogger Joanna said...

Sounds very draconian, it is the sort of thing I would expect in Latvia not England. Mind you I can understand they are making sure that people are using their plots for the reasons they are intended but I would have thought there was a bit more interaction with those doing the inspections.

Can lend you a few more lizards if you like, our basement is full of them and we have more out on the land

April 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

I don't think you should have anything to worry about...you have made an amazing impact on what you were given and anybody in their right mind can see how much hard work has gone into your plot!!

The lizards are lovely...I love all creatures and so I am happy you are preserving their habitat so well....this should be pointed out to the inspectors...maybe a nice big sign?!?!?

April 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM  
OpenID anthony said...

I love the little lizards, they're so cute, I would love to see them round where I live but they aren't any!If people were doing inspections they may find something you could improve on and that would make your allotment better!!

April 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they really lizards? It's a bit difficult to tell from the photo. Could actually be newts. Some newts are reasonably common - although Great Crested Newts are also a protected species. Lizards or newts would be lovely to have though.

April 25, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Anthony - they are very cute, and Anonymous, definitely lizards! I wasn't sure myself but they are juveniles apparently and their location (under a large pile of rocks) is the clue. Joanna, we have plenty, thanks!

We do seem to have passed the inspection for this quarter without comment though - phey!

April 27, 2011 at 4:59 AM  
Anonymous giomani beds said...

The lizards are great..I love all creatures and so I am happy you are preserving their habitat so

June 15, 2012 at 1:51 AM  

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