Allotments: the art of the vernacular

Everything about allotments points to the anachronistic and the anarchic. The idea of non-wealthy citizens having access to land within a city. The freedom from serfdom. The notion of people growing their own food in the 21st Century in a city filled with food from all over the world and all sorts of 'food-like' products. In a society filled with planning regulations, a place where vernacular architecture rules with anarchistic freedom.

It is these features that make allotments a place of future ferment of ideas going beyond the status quo. They are a foci of nascent urban agriculture. A location for those enmeshed in concrete and tarmac to reconnect with the earth, physically and tangibly, mud and cuts and with soil covered food to take home freshly plucked from the beds. A chance to experiment, to forge an independence, to directly know one's food and to express one's individuality; every plot manifesting a different expression of everything that allotments symbolise.

Above, all, allotments are a place to relax, recuperate and rejuvenate. A places of slow time and no time.
  •  Trail of destruction left after a recent storm

    Trail of destruction left after a recent storm

  •  The resident slow worm

    The resident slow worm

  •  Antlers

    Antlers

  •  Winter on the plot

    Winter on the plot

  •  A newly made Robin

    A newly made Robin

  •  Artichoke flower

    Artichoke flower

  •  Autumn Maple

    Autumn Maple

  •  Ducks at dusk

    Ducks at dusk

  •  Shed rose

    Shed rose

  •  Summer chillin

    Summer chillin

  •  summer fire

    summer fire

  •  The shed guardian

    The shed guardian

  •  Random allotment objects

    Random allotment objects

  •  Most unique raised beds ever.

    Most unique raised beds ever.

  •  Leek flower with hat

    Leek flower with hat

  •  Work to do

    Work to do

  •  Autumn apples

    Autumn apples

  •  Crow and plane

    Crow and plane

  •  Windmills

    Windmills

  •  The folds of the Red Cabbage

    The folds of the Red Cabbage

  •  Scarecrow Witch.

    Scarecrow Witch.

  •  Folds

    Folds

  •  Wood burner

    Wood burner

  •  Crisp cabbage

    Crisp cabbage