"Having recently inspected your allotment site, it appears your plot is not being cultivated to the required standard'. So say the Council anyway.
Have they got the wrong plot? Mine is divided into six equal size beds, currently containing;
Bed 1: Maincrop Potatoes & Sweetcorn
Bed 2: Leeks & Onions
Bed 3: Parsnips & Beetroot (admittedly the beet are finished).
Bed 4: Tomatoes & Hops (again the toms are finished and do need dealing with).
Bed 5: Winter Squash
Bed 6: Gooseberries & other soft fruit.
The very back of the plot is a little overgrown, near the pond. I leave it like this to encourage natural wildlife. We have grass snakes living around there, and being a protected species, I wouldn't be allowed to disturb their natural habitat anyway.
The paths between the beds did get a bit weedy whilst I was away on holiday (as per a previous post) and I have cleared half the plot's paths since returning. Is this really not to an acceptable standard?
I will endeavour to speek to the Parks Officer to see what planet she is on.
Incidently, my neighbouring plot (67) has been overgrown for ages. No sign of them for over two years and no sign of a new tenant. They grew stuff in 2008 (I last saw them in about July of that year). They did nothing for the remainder of 2008, nothing at all in 2009 and nothing again in 2010. I still have spinnach sprouting up all over the place where their's went to seed, not to mention the weeds from all the seedheads which are carried by the prevailing winds on to mine.
Right now I'm seething. I have 14 days to bring mine up to an "appropriate standard". Appropriate standard my arse. I'm reaching for the phone as I write....