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allotments, South Shields

Down on the allotments

As you can see life isn’t always as pretty as a picture.

We all have parts of town that are a bit “grungy”, more functional than fashionable, and South Shields is no different. These are the allotments behind Mortimer Road in the Brinkburn area of South Shields. A place for gardeners to come and escape, to tend their flowers, fruit, and vegetables, to get them ready for the next giant onion or leek competition. These people are very practical and environmentally friendly, little goes to waste here, old willow bushes and hedges are cut down, shoots stripped away and used as stakes to grow peas or beans (they will eventually take root and provide new willow hedges), empty lemonade bottles are upturned to provide miniature cloches for seedling plants, and old pallets will be broken down into their constituent parts to make or mend fences.

Virtually everything down here is recyclable.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 1/250 second, f5.6, iso 200

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Written by curly

March 11, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. I thought it was damage from yesterdays storms. Allotments always seem to look like rubbish dumps.

    Gails_man

    March 11, 2008 at 8:14 am

  2. Please have a picture when the allotment is filled with greenery, ie., vegetable, flowers. Spring in a garden is always bleak but in a few weeks when everything starts to grow, what a delight it is to behold.

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    March 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

  3. allotments do look grotty most of the time but they are interesting places to see and be

    S Wilson

    March 11, 2008 at 11:08 pm


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