Life Stories

Zulf, Normanton Allotments

Zulf, Normanton Allotments

I’ve had my plot at Normanton Allotments for about 9 years. My dad and I worked on it together and when he couldn’t look after it anymore I took it over.

The idea of having an allotment came to me after watching a lot of gardening and allotment TV programmes. I was curious and wanted to give it go.

I work full-time as an engineer and the allotment provides me a complete contrast to work life. It’s an escape from the modern world and all its stresses, and very relaxing after a hard day at work.

Steve, Vicarage Park Allotments

Steve, Vicarage Park Allotments

About 15 years ago, I started with a half-plot at Vicarage Park Allotments and later took another half-plot.

I’ve always liked gardening and grew up with my father’s vegetable patch and my uncle’s allotment. They used to give me sixpence for mowing the grass.

Before I retired 7 years ago I worked as a cardboard packaging designer and I’d come to the allotment after work in the evenings and at the weekends.

Dave, Sinfin Lane Allotments

Dave, Sinfin Lane Allotments

I’ve had my two plots at Sinfin Lane Allotments for about 3 years. A few months after I got my plot, another quite well-maintained plot became vacant and rather than let it get overgrown I started to maintain it and eventually took it on as well.

I work as a driver at a school for children with special needs. I had become very overweight and I wanted to get healthy and active. Since having my allotment I have lost a lot of weight. I juice a lot of my vegetables, and eat a wider variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Paul, Bramfield Avenue Allotments

Paul, Bramfield Avenue Allotments

I’ve always enjoyed gardening. For my 40th birthday present my wife bought me a wheelbarrow. That was about 20 years ago when I first got my plot at Bramfield Avenue Allotments.

A neighbour had put me in touch with a committee member at the allotment site and I didn’t have to wait long before I was offered a vacant plot. Some years later, the plot next to mine became vacant and I took that too.

Keith, Mill Dam Allotments

Keith, Mill Dam Allotments

I’m a retired businessman and I’ve had my plot at Mill Dam Allotments for about five years.

I was looking for an allotment but the waiting lists were long, so I got involved in looking after other people’s gardens as part of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Landshare scheme which closed in early 2016. The Chair of Mill Dam Allotments had seen my name on the Landshare website and offered me a vacant plot.

Sarah, Derwent Park Allotments

Sarah, Derwent Park Allotments

I come from an Irish background and both sides of my family had a vegetable garden or a farm. I wanted an allotment because I just liked the idea of eating what I’d grown.

I’ve had my plot at Derwent Park Allotments for over four years. When I went to see it, my plot was very overgrown but I just loved its position. It’s tucked away at the end of the site and is surrounded with tall hedges and trees on all sides. You enter through its own gate and go through a short tunnel-like path covered with climbing plants. It feels like entering a secret garden.

Tim, Rowditch Allotments

Tim, Rowditch Allotments

I’ve had my plot at Rowditch Allotments for just over a year. My Romanian partner Maggie and I felt an allotment fitted in with our lifestyle and values.

We love to cook with fresh ingredients and enjoy improvising - creating our own recipes. We prefer not to shop at supermarkets and we buy local organic produce. Visiting my parents’ allotment and coming back with bags full of fresh goodies inspired us to have a go ourselves.

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