Allotments in Maidstone

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Address

Square Hill, Maidstone, ME15 7TS

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Square Hill

27 plots
Square Hill allotments comprise a number of plots, any one of which is sufficient to grow enough vegetables to feed an average family.

The land used to be a millpond, but the mill has long past into history and been replaced by a high rise block of council flats known as Sunningdale Court.  It is bounded on one side by Blythe Road and on the other by the River Len, so there is no shortage of water providing you have a dip-bucket! (please note, there is no mains water).

The soil is alluvial loam; much enriched over the years by allotmenteers compost and manure.  Most crops do well and there is a huge diversity on display from traditional root crops through all the pea and bean family to brassicas, soft fruit, top fruit, vines and even olives!

Access is via a wheelbarrow-friendly one metre wide concrete path; there is no vehicular access and car parking is limited to 2 hours on Blythe Road.

There are two fellow plot-holders who act as ‘Representatives’ on behalf of all the tenants to the Association, communicating news and views (in both directions) and encouraging new tenants.  It is their experience that to be moderately successful a tenant must realistically commit to at least 2-3 visits/5 hours per week during the main growing season and perhaps half this time during the winter; less than this and the upkeep becomes burdensome and loses its fun.

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