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Allotment Gardens: Areas of experience for children

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Booklet produced by the European ‘Office International
du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux’

“If we look back at the years following the end of the war, we remember that in the cities there were many hidden places and open areas where children could have direct contact with an untouched nature. There was, as well, enough space where children could give free way to their fantasy and experience nature. These adventure grounds have disappeared due to the spreading of the communes, the density of the housing developments and the efforts to plan completely all the open country. The allotment and leisure gardens represent now for our children a compensation for this lost paradise. In the allotment gardens they can have direct contact with nature and discover the numerous mysteries of plants and animals. In this way they can watch the ripening of fruit and vegetables and see the miracles of nature.”

Link to this booklet (31 page PDF)

January 10, 2008   Comments Off

My Life on a Hillside Allotment

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“Terry Walton has kept an allotment for over 50 years – man and boy – in the Rhondda valley in South Wales. He started when he was 4, helping on his dad’s plot on the side of the mountain, when he was sent to cut bracken and collect sheep manure by the bucketful to feed the rows of vegetables. By the time he was 11 he had his own plot – the youngest ever to do so – and while still in his teens established an allotment empire to grow the vegetables and flowers he sold to local customers. He lovingly documents the changes over the years, the characters he meets and his own hearfelt conversion to organic gardening methods.”

Link to Amazon in the UK, bookseller.

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