Wednesday, 17 February 2010

What allota style for a scarecrow!

Growing your own veg is the smart thing to do nowadays, so a designer scarecrow is only to be expected here at Budleigh Salterton's Allotment Gardens in Greenway Lane.

The allotments, run by the Town Council, have proved so popular that there is a waiting list: 55 names had been registered at the last count in July 2009. There are currently 14 full plots and 42 half plots, and enquiries are being made to rent additional land.

If you're interested in joining the waiting list, call at the Town Council offices in Station Road. A rent increase came into effect from 1 January 2010, meaning that allotment holders now pay £43.50 for a full plot and £21.75 for a half plot. So it's not a free facility, but as Cllr Tom Wright, Chairman of the Allotments Committee, points out, growers can enjoy "a healthy pastime, community spirit and the rewards of their labours in high quality fresh produce."

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