I once lived in a posh Cheshire village where every building seemed to have a preservation order. You weren't allowed UPVC windows or satellite dishes and everybody had to have the same kind of chimney pots. The council architects and planners ensured everything stayed the same. I think their favourite rock group must of been Status Quo!
One thing I love about allotments is the unique architecture of the fences, gates and shed buildings. Everything seems to be a personal autograph or footprint of the allotment tenant. Some allotments looks immaculate and like the outdoor set of a gardening television programme. Whilst other allotments resemble shanty towns, The Hobbits house, Stig of the Dumps or even a scrap yard.
The allotment holder seems to have a 'make do and mend' approach to their buildings. There is no need to go to a garden centre for a brand new cedar wood shed. Oh no. Just have a walk and pick up a discarded supermarket trolley (onion dryer) and see if you can fill it with the contents of a builders skip. It's always better to ask them first though, because a smack in the mouth often offends. Also the skip contents still technically belong to somebody!
I have seen allotment sheds and greenhouses made from old floor boards, pallets, corrugated iron sheets, baling string and even a bus shelter. You often see big stones and lumps of concrete to hold down the roof. I wouldn't recommend them though. Mind you if you have gone to the trouble of digging up a giant boulder from your carrot bed, why not display it on the roof for all to see? Nobody can ever say that you have an allotment Sisyphus complex can they?
Saying that. I really believe that allotments are works of art. Living, breathing self expression. I would love to see the countryside full of allotments and dwellings for people to live in. Do we really need greenbelt? Who knows perhaps one day vegetable allotments will be preserved like they protect old agricultural labourers cottages. Why not? After all they are works of art. Aren't they?
Any thoughts please!