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Podcast 178 - Alternative Allotments

Roots and All - Gardening Podcast

Release Date: 09/26/2022

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This week, I’m speaking to co-founder of Roots Allotments Ed Morrison. Along with Christian, Will & Josh, Ed set up Roots Allotments on a site in Bath as an alternative to traditional allotments with their long waiting lists, large and often difficult to manage plots and set up a low carbon footprint, no dig and wildlife-friendly site where people could lease some space and join the grow your own food movement.

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What We Talk About

How Roots Allotments came about

How they are different to conventional allotments

The costs of a plot, waiting lists, term of lease, facilities and support offered

What can be grown on a Roots Allotment? 

Why no dig?

Links

Roots Allotments 

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