Feedback: one fascia panel needed replacement due to cracks - they came and replaced two. Great service. Properly build , quickly assembled ( guys took 2 hours ) the only remark would be the wood is not dry and needed to wait for 5 days b4 could coat the floor with lacquer.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. Hope everything met your expectations and pleased the small issue was sorted quickly Thanks again. Regards, Robin
Most of us when travelling by train are able to see large allotments alongside the tracks where the allotment holders can be seen trying to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Mainly for green reasons, some as a hobby, some as a social activity but this is certainly a British thing. When produce is grown this will help with the family budget but besides that the food will taste better, there will be no waste, as all that is picked will be eaten, and the allotment holders will definitely be fitter. It can be hard not to feel envious of these lucky people. Yes - there is work involved but the rewards are high in our 'full on' busy lives.
You will find that each plot tends to have a garden shed of sorts with many of these buildings evolving over many years. Many are true 'Heath Robinson' affairs which utilise any materials available and can look like an eyesore to all except their owners. On the newer allotments the type of sheds allowed tend to be very controlled, often the rules stipulate that they are all the same.
Whilst I agree that some of the ramshackle sheds do look a state what does it matter? Providing you are not encroaching onto your neighbour's plot – so what! However, I'm sure that most garden shed retailers approve of the need for new sheds as it will benefit them,
The history of allotments goes back over 200 years when laws were passed during the 18th and 19th centuries. These laws made it a requirement that the poor, with no land, should be allowed land, which was restricted to one quarter of an acre. These areas were described as 'field gardens' or allotments and were originally only in rural areas.
It was only during the 19th century that the modern allotments came into general usage and this corresponded with people moving from the country into town during the Industrial Revolution. The lack of gardens and land meant that allotments became a great way of growing food for the family. The Victorians also believed that the provision of allotments would be a great aid in keeping drinking and other unsociable activities in check.
The number of allotments rose massively during the First World War rising from just over 500,000 to over 1,500,000 as the production of food was paramount. After the war many of the temporary allotments went back to their original purpose. The same situation arose during the Second World Was as the population was encouraged to 'Dig for Victory. This was an unqualified success as food production on allotments reach 1.3 million tons of food which equates to about 1 ton of food per plot - incredible!
Nowadays allotments are controlled by local councils who have an obligation to provide them. If the council require the allotment land for other purposes they have to provide other suitable land which can be used for growing food which has to be reassuring. Green Belt land has helped to protect many allotments but nowadays with the easing of planning laws even these areas can be at risk.
Today there is often a waiting list to obtain an allotment as people realise the benefits of owning one are great, both financially, psychically and mentally
The BBC, who is always looking for new types of program, is making a new series about the garden allotments. This new show, which will be called 'The Patch' will take pairs of contestants who will have to try their skills against each other and try to become the best kitchen gardener. After scouring gardening clubs and allotment societies for entrants filming has begun.
As growing food at home as become 'current and relevant' the BBC see this as a program of our time. Other shows such as the Great British Bake Off have become a great success and the BBC hope for the same success with The Patch.
If you like watching grass (or vegetables) grow and like to see gladiators of the garden pitch themselves against each other then this may tickle your fancy. I personally don't see the of all the cooking programs on TV but maybe, just maybe, this series with its link to gardens, allotments and the opportunities to see what type of garden sheds they will be given may just tempt me. I'm sure that 1st Choice Garden Sheds would be pleased to see their sheds on this program.