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It's a no-grow at Bassetsbury Lane allotments
As a keen garden myself I know how pleasurable it is to grow my own fruit and veg.
Not only is the food you grow yourself better than the shop bought equivalent but it can be cheaper too.
Sadly this year it has not been possible for me to grow as much as I would have hoped but as they say every little helps especially in the current financial climate.
You can imagine how sad I was to hear the possible permanent closure of the Bassetsbury Lane allotments has moved a step closer.
Apparently there is a problem with contamination in the soil at the site and it would appear the powers that be are giving up on the necessary soil tests and cleaning that would be required.
However a site in Castlefield may be enlarged as a result.
What's the point of closing an allotment at one end of town and enlarging another several miles away in Castlefield?
The Bassetsbury Lane residents would need to travel by car or bus to get to a replacement allotment Castlefield!
By the time the vegetables have been carted across Wycombe and help up at the multitude of traffic lights that are crippling our town they are hardly likely to be very fresh.
Once upon a time there were many more allotment in Wycombe than we have today indeed during the two world wars nearly everyone had an allotment. The local people depended on the food they grew themselves to supplement the rations.
With the rabbit hutch houses that are being built today in the name of affordability I would have thought there would be a great demand for allotments.
But come to think of it how many people would know hoe to grow a potato, cabbage or runner beans? Probably very few.
At one time gardening was taught in the schools indeed years ago some schools even had their own gardens for the children to learn in.
Sadly the people of today are more interested in ordering a take away and sitting in front of their television than growing their own food.
An hour spent in the garden is far better than ten hours spent aimlessly exercising in a gym and what's more its cheaper too and you actually get to see something for your efforts.
I wonder what will happen to the Bassetsbury Lane site? Could it possibly end up with houses built on it which generate income in the form of rates for the powers the be?
The closure of the Bassetsbury Lane allotments is a sad day for Wycombe.
Once one allotment has fallen it will be interesting to see how many more will suffer the same fate.
What do you think?
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