In every city, town and village across the UK you will find allotments; patches of land made available for local folk to use as vegetable and fruit gardens. Few people use these plots as their main source of food or to save money. Instead, it would seem that their primary motivation for renting this small holding is to create and nurture something of their own. The allotment is a place of peace, care, economy and reuse, where the rhythm of life is set by the weather and the seasons.
Different crops are planted, grown and harvested throughout the year giving a constant cycle of birth, growth, fruition and decline. Frames, nets, cages and props are fashioned to protect and support tender fruits and plants. All the time man-made structures and tools take on a patina of use, wear and ageing, eventually achieving a state of wabi-sabi. The allotment is place where one can connect with time and nature. It is a cultured place. It is a cultivated place.