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Imagine a typical scene at the local allotments. Older men wearing caps and clad in their favourite gardening gear, gathered together in a ramshackle shed plonked next to an overgrown plot discussing how great it is to escape the house and wife, is probably the picture your mind conjures up. But things are very different these days...

Oriental VegTake a look at the website - yes, website - for Green Lane allotments in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The site consists of 60 plots (with the now obligatory waiting list) and their web presence is indicative of how allotment associations are shrugging off the pre-conceived image portrayed above and harnessing the power of the world-wide web. These days you’re just as likely to find young professionals tilling the land down the local plot as world-wise wizened old wife-dodgers!

The popularity – and increase in numbers – of grow-your-own TV gardening programmes and the celebrity status of presenters such as Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, along with constant media reminders on climate change, global warming and the benefits of organic produce – along with the accessibility to allotments and information the web has brought - have all contributed to a boom in vegetable growing, and with such well-produced websites as the Green Lane example, such interest is more than likely to be maintained.

I’ve posted a comment on the Green Lane blog as they’ve got a rather interesting thread on the go regarding the gardening tools and equipment you just can’t do without. I’ve mentioned the Sneeboer short fat trowel – a constant companion of mine in the garden – and I’m sure you’ve got your own favourites to tell everyone about!


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By Anon29th September 2011


Hi Linda, Don't forget to post it on our blog too. here is the URL Posted by: Sue at February 16, 2008 09:46 AM

By Anon29th September 2011

Favourite Tool

Hi My favourite tool is the heart shaped trowel I received last year for Mothers Day. A beautiful stainless steel trowel engraved with a personal message from the kids. A gift I'll treasure for ever...... Posted by: Linda at February 14, 2008 07:24 PM

By Anon29th September 2011

Green Lane Allotments

Hello Martin, I am the chairperson of the Green Lane Allotments Association and also the web author and guess what I am a woman too!! Thanks for your visit and contribution to our blog - I do hope more people will head our way from your blog and maybe contribute to some of the threads. I'm afraid people do tend to be a little shy! We would love to hear about people who have plots or vegetable gardens in other parts of the country or the wider world. We have a regular visitor from our twin town in France who sent photos of her veg plot and also an allotment site near her home. We have also had photos from a new allotmenteer in Kent. We would love to receive more – just use our email link! Any visitor to our site will realise that we are actively campaigning to improve our site. Allotment sites have suffered much neglect over the last twenty years. Now they are experiencing a renaissance and we feel that a group such as ours that ticks many of the government boxes on sustainable food production and low carbon footprint deserves more support from the government than it is currently receiving. We would love to hear what others think. Go to and use the link down at the bottom of the page. I have to say Harrods Horticultural have been really supportive towards us so thanks to them. Sue Posted by: Sue at February 14, 2008 05:31 PM

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