The site is down Ford Lane, south of Didsbury village. There is a shop that serves most needs of plot holders and it is here that you will need to visit on a Sunday morning between 11:00 – 12:00 (except in August, December and January) to get yourself onto the plot waiting list. This requires you to become a Society member for an annual subscription of £5, enabling you to be active in Society events such as barbecues, produce sales, and even vote in the AGM. The committee is hardworking, the Society is friendly, and you are welcome to join us.
EVEN IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE COUNCIL FOR AN ALLOTMENT HERE, YOU MUST CALL IN AT THE SHOP TO BE PUT ON THE OFFICIAL WAITING LIST.
Address and brief description of the allotments
Bradley Fold Allotments
The 6 acre Bradley Fold Allotment site is south-facing lying in the Didsbury basin of the meandering Mersey valley, a space accommodating 130 plots, a new orchard, a pond and mature trees. It is almost completely encircled by parkland, playing fields, and golf courses . There are a few houses to the north, and the south brings us the full sun from which shade is often welcome. It rains here too, it is after all Manchester.
What is an Allotment?
An allotment is an area of land, leased either from a private or local authority landlord, for the use of growing fruit and vegetables. In some cases this land will also be used for the growing of ornamental plants, and the keeping of hens, rabbits and bees. An allotment is traditionally measured in rods (perches or poles), an old measurement dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. 10 poles is the accepted size of an allotment, the equivalent of 250 square metres or about the size of a doubles tennis court
The rod or perch or pole unit of length exactly equal to 5 1⁄2 yards, 161⁄2 feet, 1⁄320 of a statute mile or (approximately 5.0292 meters). The rod is useful as a unit of length because whole number multiples of it can form one acre of square measure. The ‘perfect acre’is a rectangular area of 43,560 square feet, bounded by sides of length 660 feet and 66 feet (220 yards and 22 yards) or, equivalently, 40 rods and 4 rods. An acre is therefore 160 square rods.
A rod is the same length as a perch, also sometimes called a pole which measure using cordage or wood, slightly antedated the use of both rods and surveyors chains, made of more dimensionally regular materials. Its name derives from the Ancient Roman unit, the pertica. The measure also has a relationship to the military pike of about the same size and both measure date from the sixteenth century,when that weapon was still utilized in national armies. The tool, normally configured as a metal rod with eye-ends (loops that could be hooked together), was used commonly until quite recently. Surveyors rods and chains are still utilized in rough terrains with heavy overgrowth where laser or other optical measurements are difficult or impossible. In dialectal English the term lug has also been used.