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Easter 2017
by Ellis Hayward on April 18th, 2017

​One year ago, we lost a great man, Pete Allsop, who had made a wilderness into a beautiful garden. My Facebook page reminded me about that tragic event and the last picture I took of Pete after we had erected the aluminium staging in the polytunnel. I am glad that Jean and Janet are carrying on with Pete’s garden. The allotment is looking good although there are plenty of jobs to be done: beds to dig over, wellingtons to be washed, beds and sheds to be painted with preservative, potatoes to be planted and more. 

The pond project, which was constructed by Cemex, has been surrounded by a rope fence constructed with the valuable assistance of Janet’s husband “Tank”. Without his endeavours, I would be still lining up all the posts to make sure everything was level. The photographs on the Allotment Page show the change over time with the pond project. The sleeper seat has been moved into the pond area so that people can sit and enjoy the pond life. We also extended the wild meadow area to surround the chair that contains the memorial to Pete. Jean thought that Pete would like to be surrounded by the plants he loved so much. On a personal note, I was very glad to see some poppies grow in the meadow and I hope that more will flower this year.
I enjoy being back on the allotment and the recent sunny weather has been a bonus. I repeat Pete’s words when he said, “what could be better than relaxing at a picnic table in the garden watching the wildlife come and go and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere”.

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