I was told that by taking on an allotment I would be joining a community and that I would meet new people. I was sceptical about this at first as on many occasions I am the only one around when visiting my allotment.
My scepticism was misplaced as I have gradually met other allotment holders over the past month. Every single one of them has been friendly. They are interested in what I am doing and are very willing to offer advice which has been very helpful.
The generosity of my fellow allotmenteers has been overwhelming.
I have been given garden tools by someone who was giving up their allotment and was offered another compost bin by another man.
I have witnessed people helping others out: one man has dug the allotment next to his for a person who has developed dementia so that he can continue with his allotment despite his illness and another has rotavated the allotment of someone who has had a couple of strokes.
I am looking forward to becoming more involved with this generous and helpful community.
It would be great to hear any stories of kindness you have if you wish to comment