For the past couple of years we have rented a derelict allotment from the Whinnies but not yet got round to using it. The plot is large but has not been used for decades. The hawthorn hedge along one side is around 6 metres tall. We took it on because we initially wanted it for the goats. Our plan then changed and we kept the goats on the main allotment. We now have a plan for this other site (we call it the Far Allotment). We are going to remove our soft fruit plants from the main allotment where they are losing the war of attrition with the goats and transplant them to the used site.
I've already started cutting back the hedge but the ground needs to be dug over to remove the weeds. Lots to do. The photos were taken about a month ago. You can see the scale of the job.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.