Diggers of Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancs.

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Aug 29 23:33:40 BST 2011

The Revolution has begun Ashton Allotment Action day

Time For Action Ashton Under Lyne Allotment Site For Over 80 Allotment's.

Ashton Action for Allotments on The One Show, 25th May 2011
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BFSK-kMzfE

Has Been Left By Tameside MBC And Cordingleys For Over 7 Years.

Help us dig the land bring your own tools, the kids and may be a 
picnic......... Lets make a day of it

On St. George's Day, Saturday 23rd April, 2011 we started a Green 
revolution in Ashton-under-lyne, Tameside, in the tradition of 
English radical group The diggers who during the period of the 
English Commonwealth, in 1649 reclaimed the common land of St. 
George's Hill from the Lords of the manor by digging and cultivating 
it. After years of delay by Tameside Council prospective allotment 
holders in Ashton have now organised ourselves to take over control 
of the land on Ashton Moss that had been allocated for the 
replacement allotments, supported by sympathetic volunteers, we came 
together in a day of action to reclaim the allotments from 
Cordingleys who have neglected and mismanaged the land Ashton 
Allotments Action, activists arrived at the the site at 10.00 am on 
Saturday morning with garden tools and started to clear the weeds 
from the overgrown allotment plots. The major weed infestation on the 
site is primarily from Soft Rush Juncus effusus, but also includes 
many other weeds which are difficult to remove such as Horsetail 
Equsetum Arvense. The action day finished at 16.00, by which time the 
we had cleared approximately 30 square metres, after digging the soil 
over we planted Beans and potatoes. This was the first day of action, 
Ashton Allotment Action now intend to continue cultivating and 
improving the allotment site, we invite others who are on the waiting 
list for allotments on Ashton Moss and anyone else who supports what 
we are doing to join, for information contact We now call upon 
Tameside Council and Cordingleys to remedy the neglect and 
mismanagement of the Ashton Moss allotments site. We call on the 
Council, as a matter of urgency to call a meeting of the all of the 
people who are on their waiting list for an allotment on Ashton Moss, 
in order to facilitate the the allocation of allotment plots and the 
formation of an allotment association to administrate and manage the 
Ashton Moss allotment site. We call on Cordingleys to immediately 
hand over the allotment sites to Tameside Council as a matter of 
urgency. We also, demand that Cordingleys make reparation to the 
future allotment holders for their neglect and mismanagement of the 
allotment site by providing sufficient resources to allow them to 
utilise the agricultural machinery that will be necessary to 
effectively remove the Soft Rush and other weed infestation from the 
allotment site.
For further information about the Ashton Allotment Action please view 
our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_125146417562968
Please view our video on youtube

Nigel Rolland, on behalf of Ashton Allotment Action

+44 (0)7786 952037
"Capitalism is institutionalised bribery."

"The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which 
alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
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