Exactly 1 week before the autumnal equinox in the year 2007, I acquired myself a smallish but hideously overgrown allotment plot in West London – Manor Road Allotments in Richmond, to be precise. This blog will describe the highs and lows as I, earthwoman, a youngish, single-handed woman whips it into shape and brings home mountains of delicious produce and tries to store it in the ice cube sized freezer compartment of her pokey fridge.

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When I say single-handed I am of course hoping that my parents, who live a mere 5 hrs away, will make frequent visits to help assert human authority over the wannabe wilderness region. If we are lucky, my dad might also pass by to write guest posts, passing on his weird and eclectic horticultural knowledge to the masses – or his daughter at least.

Earthwoman is also occasionally referred to as warriorwoman, a rather grandiose misnomer. Under this pseudonym she completes outlandish running feats and generally gets hot, knackered and sweaty – not for the fainthearted.

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  1. Jill Candon

    Dear allotment enthusiast!

    My name is Jill Candon and I am currently studying at Leeds University. I find the recent growth in the popularity of allotments fascinating; as a result I am currently undertaking a Sociology undergraduate dissertation project on the topic of this resurgence in allotment use in Britain.

    So far I have gathered lots of historical and media based information about allotments but until recently I didn’t realise that there was such a diverse online community of allotment enthusiasts. This is such an interesting aspect of the allotment culture and shows how much allotments have progressed and become much more part of our lives than before.

    I am interested in the reasons why you think allotments have become more popular or even why you have personally taken on a plot of your own?

    I would be very grateful if you would choose to answer my questions about this topic and help me find out what it is about allotments that people enjoy. If you choose to answer the questions below it is important that I point out that any responses you provide may be used for illustrative purposes within the body of my dissertation. I will keep all these responses completely anonymous and the only reference to your responses will be limited to your web address in my bibliography and never stated in the actual body of work itself.

    If you would like to answer my questions, all responses can be sent to the email address provided, (spl5j2c@leeds.ac.uk) and stating the number of the question/s you have chosen to answer. If you are keen to see how your answers have featured in my final project you can forward your contact details (email address) and I will send you a copy of the final dissertation in the future.

    1) Why do you think allotment use has increased recently in Britain?

    2) If you have recently acquired a plot, what were your reasons?

    3) If you have had a plot for a while now, what were your reasons to have an allotment to begin with?

    Thank you for your time


    Jill Candon


  2. Keith W

    Hi Earthwoman,

    I have been hunting around to see if you publish an email address so i could run an idea past you.

    I am leaving a post here… which gives you my email address. maybe you could drop me a line so i have your email address.

    Love the blog



  3. Joshua Landon


    I’d like to speak with you about this blog. I’ve been doing some research for my own site and would like to share with you an interesting blog idea. Get back to me at your earliest convenience.



  4. Rob Lyons

    I would like to discuss a possible blogging partnership opportunity, please can you get in contact.


  5. Chris

    Hey great posts! I would like to touch base with you about your blog. Please contact me directly at chris@greenpress.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  6. Philippa

    Hi Earthwoman, you have a lovely blog, I was wondering whether you would like to join our blog network to earn a little extra cash from your blog, if you are interested, could you write me an email?

    Good luck with the blog in the future.


  7. Charlie P

    I’ve been enjoying the Earthwoman blog. I’m helping to organise a bloggers event at Barnsdale Gardens that might be of interest to you – where I can send you more details?

  8. Iain Surman

    Hi Claire

    I have a book full of hints and tips on allotment gardening called Allotment Source Book. Would you be interested in it? I can send it to you free of charge if you are willing to review it and offer a discount to your blog members.

    Please email me if you are interested.


    Iain Surman

  9. Carly Miller


    I have a quick question about your site. Would you mind emailing me back @carlymiller687@gmail.com


  10. Samantha Peters

    Greetings Jill,

    My name is Samantha Peters and I want to know if you accept Guest Posts on earthwoman.co.uk?

    One of my 2012 Resolutions is to write and contribute quality articles about how to go green, how to shop/eat local and live sustainably on a great sites like yours.

    I do a lot of freelance writing and am capable of writing relevant posts that I think you and your readers will find interesting. To show you a sample of my writing style I am including two links to recently published guest posts of mine:

    Green Upholstery and Furniture Fabrics: What To Know

    Occupy Wall Street Is About Sustainability and Ecological Innovation

    Reducing Reusing And Recycling In The Workplace

    Would you be willing to review a post if I wrote one for you?

    I look forward to hearing back and hopefully to contribute a quality article in the near future.

    Thanks and have a great day,


  11. Erin


    I work for Environmental Science Degree.com, a website that strives to be a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in pursuing an environmental science or related degree. Additionally, we offer information for professionals and others interested in learning more about being environmentally conscious. To that end, through our own research, evaluating factors such as peer recommendations, web presence, and content quality, we’re developing a list of the Top 100 Green Living Sites.

    We are pleased to inform you that we have nominated Earth Woman for inclusion on our list!

    Should you be featured on the final list, we’ll provide you with a badge to display on your website and to promote your inclusion on your social media accounts.

    Once the list is published, we’ll be reaching out to other environmental bloggers and websites to ensure maximum recognition for your site.

    Additionally, if you wish to nominate another environmental blog or website that you feel is worthy of a spot on our list, please let us know. We’re still in the review and nomination stage. If you have any questions, please let me know.


  12. dennis Gallagher

    Hello, my name is Dennis Gallagher and I would like to tell you about what i am trying to accomplish in Tampa Florida.
    I have a new program to try and fix the irrational problem of recycling not being mandatory.
    Since Apartment/ Condos and businesses have a hard time justifying the optional expense of a recycling program, we bring it to them free, and we donate all of the proceeds to charity.
    The only thing we could find to finance this endeavor is advertising on the outside of the recycling containers, so we try to help local small businesses get their message out to the local residents.
    We designed a container to specifically to facilitate this program, it is made of recycled plastic and uses a reusable liner so no waste is created in its use.
    We started our program in march and we have recycled over 200,000 aluminum cans and numerous tons of plastic.
    We are hoping that we can expand our program to any and all areas that recycling isn’t currently mandatory.
    Getting the word out is of the utmost importance to us, we really are trying to do the right thing for society by providing free recycling, helping small businesses and giving to charity.
    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

  13. Sylvia Bernstein

    Hi there Earthwoman,

    Hope you’re doing great. A friend of mine and fan of your site forwarded your post on the importance of labels, which was great. Nice job on that and on your site in general. I’ve bookmarked it and will keep checking in.

    I also read through your archives for a while and think some of what I am currently working on may be up your alley. I run a small business in Boulder, CO that organizes classes on Aquaponic gardening and sells kits and materials for the same.

    If you are not familiar, Aquaponics is basically raising your own fish and food-bearing plants together, in a symbiotic system in which the plants filter the fish water and the wish waste give nutrients to the plants. The net result is a continuous supply of fresh veggies and fish for a family that requires little space can be created indoors or out.

    Again, great post and good to meet you. Feel free to shoot me a note if you’d like to chat about aquaponics.



  14. Paul

    Hi, great website! I just wanted to drop by and say a quick hello. Keep up the great work, I love it! Paul 🙂

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