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The Search for Land

Posted 23/3/2014

Spring is in full swing and for the first time in years I don’t have a garden to tend so I’ve been feeling a little lost and restless! By now I should have earth in my hands and seeds growing, so no wonder I’ve been gazing longingly at all the little patches of unloved land I see on our journeys. It’s so nice getting to live out in the countryside but I’m really missing having my own ground to dig and plants to tend. 

I done some research in to how to get an allotment and searched online at all of the local villages to see if there’s any advertised, but the main thing I got from that was that there are people who are number 65 on a waiting list which has taken years to get that far down! The plan has always been to buy a small patch of land to use for that purpose but due to land prices in our area it looks like we’ll be saving for a few years yet.

I stumbled upon the Landshare website, launched through River Cottage in 2009, the idea behind it is that people with land to spare but no time to work it advertise it to people who have the time but no land. You have a chat and if you want to work together can draw up a sort of contract to rent it. What an excellent idea! It’s already helped thousands of people work together and put disused land to good use. So I’ve put up a request for a spot we can tend in the Bedfordshire area (I’m craftyfox if you want to find us on there), hopefully we find somewhere. Please put the word out if you know of anyone?!

We have friends who live on a narrowboat whose roof is usually covered in beautiful flowers and vegetables but alas I don’t think many vegetables would survive the harsh life on our roof! We can’t even have any potted plants inside as we’re so limited on surface space and light, also it just gets far too rough on English roads for anything to stay put without serious anchoring. I have however, bought a couple of little kitchen garden kits which I shall put up in the by the windows there – that should keep me happy for now! :)


Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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