I've got a new allotment, on a site which is itself only two years old, carved out of the side of a hill. My plot, somebody tried to work it, but soon gave up, so it's never been gardened. I'm reckoning a year or two to make it presentable. An awful lot of rocks to shift, and drainage ditches to dig, and raised beds to build. There was a big hare resting there yesterday - the secretary of the allotment association told me that s/he's become kind-of a mascot.