The Gatley Hill Allotment Society want to expand the existing allotments to take in a corner of Scholes Fields – and they want to know what you think of the idea.
People are currently waiting 3-4 years for an allotment. The size of allotment plots has been halved and halved again but still there’s a substantial waiting list. So the society have come up with the idea of expanding.
This map shows approximately where the new allotment area would be (it’s not entirely accurate, not least because I can’t see quite where to draw the line on Google Maps when the tree canopies shield the satellite from the ground).
The proposed expansion would take in the grass by the car park on the allotment side. On the field, you start at the gate, facing into the fields. On your immediate left is a tree. That would be left, with the new allotment boundary starting immediately east of the tree and running straight out into the field.
If you follow around the side of the field, there are a number of self-seeded trees until you come to an oak tree. That oak would also be left outside the allotments.
So the boundary on the field is got by drawing a line south from the tree by the gate and west from the oak tree, leaving both trees outside the allotments.
Any trees cut down would be replaced with new trees elsewhere and a new path around the boundary fence would be properly laid with a hard surface.
Some will know that there is a potential issue with the covenant on Scholes Fields, which is being looked into (as ever with these things, it’s very unclear what the covenant actually means in legal terms today).
What do you think? Feel free to let us know, or to contact the Gatley Hill Allotment Society directly.