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"Perseverance Through Adversity" by Martin Carr

There is no piped water on site, but we are not far from the water table. The two main alternatives to supplement natural rain are:

  • water butts;
  • and wells.

Note that there is a project underway to provide piped water to all areas of the site. However it is on hold at the moment die to the corona virus emergency.

Water butts

Many people have obtained metal or plastic containers to store water. It is common to collect rain water from shed roofs or other ingenious structures to keep the water butts full. Of course, the owner of the water butt is entitled to the water.


Alternatively wells have been dug by individuals on their plots over the years. Members are reminded that wells and their safety are the responsibility of the plot-holder. They should be covered so that small children (who of course should be supervised by their parents) are unlikely to fall in. The water in the well is common property, so you should welcome other plot-holders onto your plot if they come in search of water. If you want advice on digging a well, speak to Neil MacLennan.

Below, there is a schematic diagram (it's not a map - it's not to scale and most plots are shown as rectangles, which isn't true) of the allotments and where the wells are. The diagram was drawn up after a survey in April 2011 (thanks Carol). It is almost certainly out of date and wasn't completely accurate at the time, but it may help you if you are searching for the nearest source of water. Please contact me to notify me of any errors or omissions and I may update it.

  of well locations

Schematic of the Allotments, with wells. With thanks to John Porter who drew the diagram on which this is based. If you want a copy to print, click here.