Hedgerow Preparation - Delving into our past.
There are areas of the allotment hedgerow that will be replanted. This winter we planted new native hedgerow whips in "Gaps" by plots 241, 224, 213 and 196. I have recently been digging in an area by plot 158. It is necessary for us to remove all the rubbish in the hedge before we plant the whips, this also gives me a chance to dig for treasure, something i just cannot resist.
On previous hedge digs we found bottles dating back to the 1890's. Below are some of the bottles found on thise digs.
The hedgerow has been deemed as 1.5 metres from the external fence and clearing this area reveals a mixture of past plot holders items as well as general rubbish.
In this area which was around 7 metres wide i found 9 buckets worth of window glass, over 10 sacks of plastic rubbish also with 3 pairs of shoes and occasional socks!, 3 wheel barrows worth of brick rubble, and 3 barrows of rusty metal. There were over 40 bottles many of which we will keep although most are from the 1950's -1970's.
Below are images of rubbish found during digging and some of the bottles found
The treasures i found included 2 old plot markers, stoneware bottle by T. Smith Old Kent rd. from c.1890, Hieatt grocer bottle stoppers, A.A.Bones Chemist Pretoria S.A. bottle with liquid inside which smells like Vicks vapour rub!! c.1920's, a whole host of plastic crisp packets from late 1960's -1980's. and metal amounts of random bottles.
Below the are now ready for planting
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You could do thinks like research on old items, creating new displays for artefacts on the open days, grow plants for the open days.