The 'Allotment'
This challenge was taken on at the same time Marsden Landscaping was conceived.

It has proved to be the ideal practice ground because as you can see from the photos, it was incredibly overgrown. Established Japanese Knotweed is notoriously difficult to eradicate and perhaps the worst of all invasive weeds but we have almost managed to eliminate it using purely organic methods.

The objective was to transform it into something unrecognisable that would provide plenty of organic fruit and veg, and a small garden with a recreation area. As the latest photos show – mission accomplished!
Here’s a list of our perennial crops:

Apple trees:

  • 1 x James Grieve
  • 1 x Bramleys seedling
  • 1 x unknown variety

Pear trees:

  • 1 x conference
  • 1 x willimans’bon chretien

Other fruit trees:

  • 1 x cherry ‘stella’
  • 1 x quince ‘loise bon jersey

Soft fruits:

  • 8 x blackcurrant bushes of various varieties
  • 3 x gooseberry bushes of 2 varieties
  • 4 x raspberry sets ‘autumn bliss’
  • 1 x rhubarb ‘victoria’
  • 8 x rhubarb unknown variety
  • 1 x tayberry or boysenberry (not sure yet)
  • 2 x beds of strawberries
    1 x ‘Cambridge favourite’
    1 x unknown variety


  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • sage
  • lavender
  • peppermint

The allotment  has provided a considerable amount of organic fruit and veg in the last 12 years and should do for years to come, and as it has now matured nicely is also a good  place to spend any precious spare time, be that relaxing or doing what we do best... gardening!

Regards from the team at Marsden Landscaping.