by Rob Bullock
search for signs of spring has finally been rewarded. Hazel catkins,
yellow crocuses and early daffodils have all felt the warmth in
the late winter sun.
So the sap's
rising at last, the seed order has arrived and the lengthening days
will soon allow an hour in the garden at the end of the day.
If you've toyed
with the idea of working an allotment then now's the time for action.
Grimesthorpe allotments site has two entrances on Grimesthorpe Road
and straddles the ridge, with views from Meadowhall to the city
centre on one side and Fir Vale and the north-east of the city on
the other. If you wander up on a Saturday morning between 10 and
12 o'clock and call at the allotment shop on top of the hill youÕll
find someone happy to show you round.
Community Gardens Group, whose aim is to have a fully tenanted and
worked allotment site, has secured funds from New Deal. The project
will replace the one kilometre perimeter fence, provide a new meeting
room and toilets and install raised bed plots for gardeners with
health or mobility difficulties. This should be completed by the
end of March, and Grimesthorpe allotments site will boast some of
the best facilities in the city.
is hard work and starting on a plot that has become overgrown is
quite daunting. The effort is soon rewarded by the pleasure of being
outdoors, good exercise, the friendship and support of other gardeners
and most importantly, the harvest.