It's the end of an era for me and my allotment of 12 years and I have to say goodbye to my vine that I eagerly planted on the plot so many years ago.
This vine started its life as part of the award winning Chatham Vines, a commission that FrancisKnight worked on with artist John Newling. The commission saw the installation and nurture of a vineyard of 32 Pinot Noir Vines grown hydroponically in St John's Church, Chatham. At the end of the commission the vines were given out to the community to take them home and plant them in their gardens.
I have taken care of my vine, I've pruned it, fed it and encouraged it to grow. This year it has flourished, enjoying the weather and providing me with one of the best seasons of bunches and bunches of juicy red grapes.
The vine will now stay in place for the next allotment plot holder who will take on the stewardship and continue to encourage and appreciate it.