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FAQs: Moving Allotments

WILL YOU BE TAKING THE GREENHOUSE?
Yes.

WILL YOU BE TAKING THE SHED?
Not sure yet.

WILL YOU BE TAKING RUSTY WITH YOU?
No. Rusty lived in one of the houses behind my allotment. Over the past few months I’ve been training him to come visit me at my house. He know popped up every few days if I don’t go to the allotment and comes inside for some lunch.

WILL YOU BE TAKING THE FRUIT TREES AND BUSHES?
Yes.

WILL YOU BE TAKING THE RAISED BEDS?
Yes but not until The Railway Garden is far advanced so they can have a location that works.

WILL YOU BE TAKING THE BENCH?
At the moment I’m donating the bench to the allotment site. I don’t think it will be possible to move it.

ARE YOU GROWING HERITAGE SEEDS THIS YEAR?
Yes, I will be growing varieties popular during the 1940s Dig for Victory campaign.

WILL YOU BE MOVING HOUSE?
At some point this year.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE PLOTS?
Moving house this year.

HOW FAR IS THE RAILWAY GARDEN FROM THE RUSTY ALLOTMENT?
45 minute walk.

WHERE IS THE RAILWAY GARDEN?
Kent, South East England, UK.

WILL YOU KEEP THE RUSTY ALLOTMENT NOW YOU HAVE THE RAILWAY GARDEN?
I’ve informed the committee I’m ending my tenancy in Spring 2019 (that’s when we pay the rent) and aim to remove everything throughout the year. If I’m complete by Autumn then I’ll hand the plot over then.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE FLOWERS ON THE RUSTY ALLOTMENT?
I’ll be moving everything which can be moved.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO MISS ABOUT THE RUSTY ALLOTMENT?
Rusty.

WILL YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FELLOW ALLOTMENTEERS ON THE RUSTY ALLOTMENT SITE?
No. Over the years I’ve seen people come and go. As much as everyone says “let’s stay in touch”, the reality is that everyone has busy lives.

WILL YOU JOIN THE COMMITTEE ON THE NEW ALLOTMENT SITE?
No.

If you have any more questions, put them below as a comment.

About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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20 comments

  1. Glad to hear you are taking the raised beds and the greenhouse.

  2. Q1 What are you going to miss about your allotment
    Q2 Will you stay in touch with your fellow allotmenteers on the old plot
    Q3 Did you stop podcasts
    Q4 Will you join the committee on the new one (I’m wary of politics lol)

  3. what makes the railroad allotment better than the one you have now? Just wondering because it is so close to your home and Rusty.

  4. I am a little perplexed as to exactly what is going on, just a few days ago you provided us with details of planting schemes etc, now you inform us that your switching allotments and giving up your plot. Is there a problem?… After a ten year period it seems a little strange that you have no emotional contact with your allotment anyway best of lucky with your new venture

  5. Are you required to fill in the pond before you leave Rusty Allotment?

  6. Hi Sean, I’ve been watching you now for a few years. Sorry to see you leaving your old plot but excited to see what you do with your new one. I really hope things work out for you on your new plot. I have an allotment which I find really useful to relax and forget about the stresses of work. That’s what an allotment is about for me. A safe space to escape the general hassles of every day life. I hope you find your safe space and keep making those videos. All the best Stuart.

    • Sean James Cameron

      Can’t wait to get stuck in with the new plot. Problem is that this site has been quite negative over the years and simply adds to the stresses of life. I don’t mind travelling if it gets me away from all the negativity from various plot holders. When I sat down and worked out where a lot of my mental health issues stem from, it all came back to this allotment site, not my plot but others on the site. Time to forget them and move on, and upwards.

  7. Dr. Gabriella Kadar

    How are the two feral kitties you adopted? You’ve not posted any videos on them since the first week or so.

      • Dr. Gabriella Kadar

        I’ve got major cat problems here right now: one of the cats has Polycythemia vera (bone marrow ‘cancer’) easy enough to treat without destruction of quality of life….. but I was reading Temple Grandin’s book in the waiting room today. Black cats have a recessive gene and in urban environments they are at an advantage because along with being black they are not generally aggressive like orange cats (Rusty? He doesn’t appear to be particularly aggressive although he tells it like it is to stranger cats). They let the more aggressive cats mate with the female and they wait their turn. Which means that because female cats don’t release ova until after they’ve been mated the first time or so, the black guy impregnates the female. So even though their colour results from a recessive gene, there’s a lot more black cats around than would account for the genetics. Interesting how things work.

        I hope you’ve managed to get them to accept human handling. I’ve got one feral kitty who after 6 years actually decided she enjoys being petted. …. sometimes.

        • Sean James Cameron

          Can only stroke one of the cats, the other one just likes to sleep on the bed at night. Getting there slowly. Nice to know that it could still happen in years to come. Give me hope.

          • Dr. Gabriella Kadar

            When she was a kitten and I had to medicate because all these rescue cats arrive with something, in this case Campylobacter infection… literally she would twitch and shake when I’d pick her up. I couldn’t walk past her when she was eating. She’d run away. She would look longingly when I’d be petting the other cats. I swear I could read her mind: ‘I want that but I just can’t’. Her fear instinct was too strong. It would overcome her desires.

            She’s a lot better now. She’s fine when I trim her nails (always has been just the catching of the cat was sometimes a chore) and brush her. But she does not volunteer for or demand contact.

            I know there’s people who somehow manage to get even adult feral cats to behave like regular domestic cats. They must have some sort of special magic about them.

          • Dr. Gabriella Kadar

            Oh, and btw, I don’t know exactly where you are moving to in Kent, but google satellite shows it to be a much more ‘rural’ area. Maybe quieter and more fresh air than where you are now. Better for less stress than busy busy noisy crowded gigantic London.

          • Sean James Cameron

            Yes it’s a beautiful place and lots of opportunity to visit local ‘villages’. It will be great to leave the negativity of the current site behind.

  8. Dr. Gabriella Kadar

    You do realize that most likely if I’m typical of the people who watch all of your videos, we have no idea about the negativity at your current location. I’m assuming it’s the committee based on how they are willing to bend the rules and rent out half of your allotment to someone on the waitlist.

    Doesn’t matter. Once you are living and gardening that MASSIVE plot, the envy of all of us miniplotters, getting out of the constant rat race, breathing in some not so freshly polluted air (your lungs will love you) and reduction of tension (your other aches and pains will ease up (optimistic here)) life will be more relaxed (hopefully). You can focus on the important things in life.

    Heh, I wouldn’t be surprised if you skedaddle from the Rusty plot sooner than later. Just need to call the movers.

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