My brother has Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyspraxia and other mental and learning disabilities. I was currently working freelance so was working from home, and really wanted to try and get him out of the house more and away from his computer.
He’s had an interest in gardening before, and has a bunch of tools that people have given him over the years, so I put the idea to him of getting an allotment – and he was keen.
I contacted the local allotment and asked if there were any plots available, and to my surprise there was. I’ve heard lots of people having to wait for a plot, and being added to waiting lists. I guess I was lucky.
The chap who is a member of the allotment committee showed me two plots. One was a 5 rod plot (a weird allotment measurement), which is seen as a ‘medium’ sized plot. It was overgrown, didn’t have much sun light, and also looked far too big for me to start off with. I was then shown a 2.5 rod, which is classed as a ‘small’ plot. It was overgrown with grass at ankle height – so not too bad. It was also in the middle of the allotment, so had good light. It was the smallest I could get, but a decent enough size for me to be happy with, so I paid the £15/year fee and was given a key to the gate. Done!
The plot had a compost heap made out of wooden pallets, however it was in a weird position on the plot that didn’t seem to be space efficient. There was also some wood that had been made to make what I guess was a raised bed. But again, in a weird location.