So, from today, no more River Cottage for me but, as if by magic, more interesting things appear to ensure that at least for now there's no threat of a return to the days of living in an old people's bungalow with two friends (one of whom had the conservatory for a bedroom) watching Going For Gold in a dressing gown with a bottle of sherry and four cans of Crucial Brew for company*.

I seem to be writing four books in the next three years and am taking the photographs for another. It is this 'another' which I'd like to draw to your attention. The publisher is getting that Lia Leendertz (or Lena Linedance as someone straight-facedly referred to her as a couple of weeks ago) to do the largely inconsequential job of filling in a few words to make the white spaces around the delightful images seem less dull.

The book is about amazing allotments. The definition of allotment is very loose - community gardens, flower allotments and roof gardens are among those that fall under our rather untidy umbrella.

It's a very simple book - we write about and shoot the most amazing allotments, the people who garden in them and some of what they grow. If we get it right it should be beautiful and inspiring, a tale of people and place.

GARDEN PARTY 01 Les potagers Belvédère Suresnes - La tomate from GARDEN PARTY, l'émission on Vimeo.

We have many fantastic allotments, like the one above, that we hope to include but we are after a few other belters. If you have one or know of one you'd like to suggest, please let us know either by adding a comment or emailing us.

Thank you thank you

* Coming to a grand total of £4.85 and therefore meeting the strict rules applied to the £5 challenge

Tracy said...

March 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM  

Best of luck with your new ventures.

Anonymous said...

March 23, 2012 at 7:47 AM  

I have a long standing notion to write/photograph a book dedicated solely to the different structures used by gardeners to grow runner beans. (only runner beans you understand, none of the fancy foreign italian borlotti nonsense). I hope you're not going to steal my idea.

Your loyal servant S.S.

Arabella Sock said...

March 23, 2012 at 7:55 AM  

Are you just doing UK allotments or is this an excuse to jet off around the world taking fab photos of what allotmenteers grow in different countries and picking up cooking tips on the way! If not I have given you the idea for a follow up book - or even a TV series.. I'd watch for sure. And Lia already has the Lena Linedance stage name.

James A-S said...

March 23, 2012 at 8:45 AM  

Getting us to do your research while you and Linedance loll about eating cheese and having full body waxes.

I've got a camera on my telephone, maybe you would like me to take the pictures as well?

Jo Thompson said...

March 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

Have you been here? It's fab

skycarrots said...

March 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

RISC roof garden in Reading. It's my absolute favourite. Based on principles of forest gardening and permaculture, it's also an educational space - they do great tours and courses sometimes. Really worth a visit, if you haven't been already!

Amy said...

March 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM  

I'm not sure if it's still going but was amazing

MarkD said...

April 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM  

Tracey - thank you

SS - I have, of course, stolen your idea and will soon delete your comment so there is no trace

Arabella - A few in France, Netherlands etc, but Im wondering if we can't do a follow up wherever's there's a world cup/test series

JAS - As you know, Linedance is especially proud of her hairiness and NOTHING, not even a petition, will change her mind on it. I, obviously, am entirely smooth

JoT - I haven't but I will, thank you

skycarrots - On the list of possibles already, thank you for suggesting it too

Amy - It's already on the list but I've not been so good to hear another recommendation for it

Mark said...

April 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM  

Hawkwood Nursery run by OrganicLea in Chingford is an inspirational place - a source of teaching and learning for many aspiring growers in London. It IS also beautiful - although you may need to spend a little time there for it work its charm. Ru who heads up the growing there also writes one of my favourite gardening blogs:

Go to Otter Farm | by Mark D