Lower Torfield allotments in Hastings enjoy good
soil, a beautiful view, a real community in fellowship,
hard work and love of good wholesome food. We regularly
win awards for the high level of maintenance that
we show, ably led by Peter Driver, our association
chairman for nearly a decade and now by Sue Palmer.
Saved from development, (by Peter), the allotments
play an important role in community building. Our
open day, every year on the first Sunday in August,
attracts hundreds of visitors who enjoy elderflower
wine and admire the wondrous variety of vegetables,
fruit and herbs that are at their peak at this time
Allotments need not be backbreaking work - lots
of green manures like clover and vetch smother weeds
and break up the soil, so I rarely have to dig.
Once you eat fresh homegrown food the importance
of local, organically grown produce becomes apparent
and trivial concerns over price pale.