When I think of Portsmouth I think of the sea, and in contrast, densely packed urban living. Due to the geography and naval history of our city, greens spaces (The Common aside) seem to be few and far between. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered a corner of this island that I had yet to set foot in. The Eastney & Milton Allotments off of Locksway Road aren’t exactly well signposted, a small road / lane between two houses will get you there. But once inside I couldn’t believe the amount of well tended and fruitful allotments in front of us. From well manicured gardens to sea shanty shacks and mini orchards. The beautifully rusted Anderson air raid shelters, that now served as storage units, are a great touch. The many textures coming from the sun bleached drift wood, rusting metal and nature, gives these allotments a beautiful sense of serenity and purpose. Almost as if they are a community who are celebrating being “off the grid”. Once a year they hold a fete with everything you would hope to find: triangle sandwiches, veg and cake competitions, tea room, bric a brac stalls and a small brass band.
You simply couldn’t get more English.