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Rural Matters &
Property Review
Our resident property expert has been exploring
the region’s sheds, prompting further discussion
words | PAUL DALTON of Roger Parry & Partners, Oswestry
on the matter of growing your own produce, and
In association with Parry Lowarch Residential
new plans for ‘posh’ allotment plots
Losing the plot?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT MEN AND THEIR SHEDS? it fell into disrepair.Not wanting to create
Their need to create an exclusively male retreat allotment elitism,but these plots will be a cut
usually tucked away somewhere in the garden. above the rest (if you pardon the pun!)
I would like to say this isn’t a new phenomena. One element causing me some deliberation is
The reality is men have wanted the ability to slide whether to allow the erection of a shed or store.
away to their private domain for decades.And it Having realised allotments and sheds are as
seems to make no difference whether it’s their synonymous as fish and chips – or rather I should
creativity or collectivety – this is man country. say cheese and wine – perhaps a modest store
On my round of property visits in recent weeks will be permitted but certainly no
there have been two or three occasions where I’ve decking and recliners here!
been taken to the garden shed before being taken Interestingly,when I
around the main house.Not that I particularly mind embarked on this project,the
which order I inspect the property,but it does initial research revealed
indicate some change in household priorities,just how allotments go back to
in the same way the female of the species will the mid 1800s,specifically
often want to escort you around the garden first. the EnclosureAct of
Sheds come in all shapes and sizes,many 1860.However,the
fitted-out with essential luxuries such as tea and origins of the concept
coffee making facilities,maybe a refrigerator (for of a landowner
some beer!),an armchair,and in one property I allowing others to till
recently visited,an amazing electric train set. their land for personal
This fine boy’s toy was found with tracks use,of course,go way
navigating the flower pots,garden forks and back before 1800.It’s
spades,passing through boxes and tins of nails interesting to think that
and screws and then out onto the sidings! (work in the 21st century a
bench).I nearly forgot to mention I have even property slump and a
spotted a dumpy old television,the one which financial crash will
pre-dates the flat screen,and of course the encourage many to
ultimate shed even has the permanent garden revert to medieval
recliner – useful after minor misdemeanours principles.
resulting in being sent to‘solitary’. Property fashion
I doubt whether such facilities add significantly therefore determines
as far as property value is concerned.They do, the‘wish list’ and
however,create a talking point and possibly an consequently the features
element of intrigue. desirable to purchasers.
Whilst we’re on an outdoors theme,I’ll mention Property particulars must
the currently fashionable pastime of growing your reflect these desires both
own produce.Readers may recall I recently in quality and content,which
reported on the increase in demand for allotments, is why I now find myself
which in many parts of the country is outstripping proffering the virtues of the
supply resulting in the democratic creation of garden shed over that of the
waiting lists and eligibility point scoring.With this utility room.
in mind,I’m currently looking into a project with a Never let it be said that the
client where individual allotments will be created Pampas bathroom suite gets
within a large,traditional walled garden,recreating more of my attention than the
its former use before cost-cutting measures meant potato plot!
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