Allotments Are Not The Prettiest Things
Forgive the long title to this piece. It is taken from this article published yesterday on Haverhill Echo website. The piece talks about two neighbouring Cambridgeshire parishes, Linton and Hildersham. Linton is considering positioning a new allotment site on agricultural land which runs over the Hildersham parish border and also happens to be adjacent to a house. Apparently the residents have ‘expressed concerns’. In addition there are also issues about safety of access to the site. Well so far so normal.
What stood out to me however was the quote (I am assuming it the Haverhill Echo have reproduced it correctly) from Hildersham Parish Council chairman Keith Day.
“If a formal proposal is made we will have to express some concern of the impact of the amenity on the countryside.”
He goes on to say “Allotments are not the prettiest things and you can’t make them attractive – we have allotments largely shielded from open view, but this area is completely open to view and can be seen from the adjoining property.”
Not living in Cambridgeshire I have no vested interest in the outcome of this particular case but as an allotment holder I find it an astonishing point of view. Firstly it seems to me that even the most hardened vegetable grower has more than a passing interest in the appearance of their plot, secondly it does not give even a passing nod to the heritage of allotments in this country and the widely acknowledged positive benefits they have within the community. To make the point further this is a quote taken directly from the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
‘Allotments are a great way to meet people, contribute to local sustainability and help wildlife, and of course a source of good food!’
In this instance Keith Day seems to have made himself clear but what do you think?
P.S. Thank you to those on Twitter who got the conversation about this going.