This was right at the start of my allotment. Spring 2011. The site had been cleared in December and we were waiting for a lease before we were allowed on. In March the guy at the council suggested we get on the site as the lease might take some time. (It took about 5 years).
So we went on. We had a small list of us who wanted an allotment so we started allocating them. I picked one by the canal side of the site. It gets good sun, although is a little shaded in winter as the sun takes it’s time to get up over the trees. It’s not bad though apart from it being hugely full of clay.
Why did I want to be by the canal? I’m a big kid at heart and wanted to see the canal barges go past!