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On 24 March, UK allotment holders woke to a different world. Lockdown added new challenges – but also new rewards – to the business of tending their plots. There was confusion over lockdown rules, shortages of compost and seed, and, in England, a long, hot summer through which to keep watering.

Many plot holders were deeply concerned about Covid-19: “Sowing seeds and wondering if you’ll still be around for the harvesting,” as one put it.

But many found new solace, sanctuary and community spirit over the course of the summer. Those working from home found extra time to spend at their plots, while key workers gained particular pleasure from the quiet after exhausting shifts.

Here are just a few of the experiences Guardian readers told us about, to add to the pictures we have already selected from this unique year.

‘Lockdown changed our lives’

Lockdown has changed our lives and the way we operate our community garden. This is my first job in the UK. I love nature and gardening, and I’m sharing my passion and enthusiasm with our local community.

Many local volunteers and I thought this garden was a sanctuary during the lockdown. Suddenly, the community garden became busier than ever before. We started using booking slots to enable all our volunteers to have safe access to the garden.

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source: The Guardian
published: 2 September 2020

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