FINDING THE PLOT
After a 10 year effort..
Reaping the fruits

The longest local search for land in my county is reputed to be 20 years, but Narberth’s 10 battle has to be the most moving tale.

Yve wanted an allotment in 1993, and found allotment land with its legal protection which had fallen into disuse. She found a group of people keen to reclaim it and the battle began. Her daughter Amber showed us two ringbinders crammed with letters and documents tracing the ten year correspondence which led finally to the land going to developers to build on, despair for Yve, and the word allotment producing depression in the family.

Amber grew up with this, went away, came back with her husband to
Wales to have children, went to a lecture by Patrick Holden, director of the soil association which inspired her with what one person can do. She knew what she had to do in Narberth. She found a sympathetic land-owner, offered them a hefty rent (£500 per acre), leafleted and got 45 people to the first meeting. This was September 2008. By Spring 2009 the allotments were opened to joyous scenes. I went to see them the day after our failure at auction in Newport , still raw and tired. It was nearly November 2010, the 25 allotments were green with Winter food, people working away in the peaceful Autumn sun. I had to hide my face. In the top allotment a sun-tanned woman was harvesting the last of her potatoes, laughing with her visitors. It was Amber’s mother Yve, her plot found.


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22.01 | 19:00

Hi, do you have any adze in the shop at the moment? thanks

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14.04 | 09:58

Have you or can you suggest any use for rosettes awarded at the agricultural shows please?

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23.03 | 18:06

Hi from Ellie at Pembs. FOE I can't make it to your Green Fair ,but will try and bring some info. about latest campaigns etc. this Friday for a display board.

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01.12 | 23:31

Is there an local organisation in SouthWest Wales for smallholders and allotment holders to sell excess produce from their holding for income?

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