I’m far more excited than I ought to be, because nothing has actually happened yet, and it’s quite likely that nothing will, but I had a poke around on Lewisham’s website for information about the allotments which are located – almost literally – at the end my road. Lo, it came to pass that the council still had no information whatsoever about them.
A google revealed a complex arrangement involving a Guild, and some minutes from a meeting two years ago talking about a community garden (which to my knowledge hasn’t happened), but no contact info. I called the Lewisham allotment officer lady on the off-chance she’d know something about the land, and it turns out it’s privately owned. She’s passing my information along to their contact (it’s all a bit MI5, isn’t it? THE SPARROWS FLY IN WINTER. REPEAT: THE SPARROWS FLY IN WINTER. OVER).
I told her I’m only looking for a little one – really, in allotment terms I’m looking for a tiny one – I would probably be utterly thrilled to have something half the size of my silly little garden. However, I’m sure if I end up with something bigger than I can cope with, I can find someone to share with me, as Lewisham seems to be a great baying sea of people in need of lettuce space, and too little space to go around.
So there it is. The answer to the questions “what am I going to do once the garden is finished?” and “Where can I go to do or see something interesting whenever I want, that isn’t so far from my house that just getting there knackers me out?”
I hope I don’t get kicked out for being too slow/intermittent at getting stuff done. But hey, you’ve got to take a punt, haven’t you?