Within the allotment world there is a phrase which puts fear into the heart of any gardener – the ’28 Day letter’.
If you have been sent a 28 day letter it usually means that your plot isn’t meeting the standards of that allotment site. You will have 28 days to either improve the plot or leave the site.
Improving your plot could be as simple as cutting the grass or the path surrounding your plot. But be realistic and take a step back and ask yourself, “Is my plot really untidy?”.
The advantage of keeping down grass and rubbish/recyclable materials to a minimum means that pests such as slugs, snails and foxes have nowhere to hide. Also removing the weeds won’t create problems for your neighbours when seed heads start flying around
DEALING WITH A 28 DAY LETTER
So there is a valid reason for the ’28 Day letter’ but it can be a scary experience, remain calm and talk to the committee/authority who issued it in order to resolve it quickly and calmly. Get them to clearly outline what they would like to see in order for the plot to meet their initial requirements. Whatever the outcome, always get them to put it down in writing for you.
If you take pictures of your plot from the same position every month then you can see, as well as the committee, what improvements you have made. It will also help you get a realistic view of the work you’ve done. You can keep pulling up grass every few weeks but if you don’t get down and remove the roots then you are just going around the circles.
Above all, talk to the committee, even better, become a committee member.
If you have had a 28 day letter, tell me about your experience in the comments below.