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The Plot Thickens

Hi, I’m Karen Meadows. Thank you for visiting The Plot Thickens.

I’m lucky enough to be the tenant of one of fifty large allotment gardens in the middle of the small and beautiful stone town of Stamford in England’s East Midlands. The gardens were first created by Brownlow Cecil, 4th Marquess of Exeter in the mid 1800s and their layout has remained virtually unchanged. Between the plots we have some 200 old apple trees, many of them rare varieties, and in 2017 Natural England awarded the gardens heritage orchard status.

Over the centuries at least 500 people have worked these plots. Follow our quest to discover who they were, what they grew, and what shenanigans they got up to. Be prepared for numerous diversions and musings along the way about gardening life here in our quiet (and occasionally not so quiet) little corner of Stamford.

If you haven’t discovered our website yet, do head over to Waterfurlong Orchard Gardens, where you will find a wealth of information about our gardens and gardeners, past and present.

And now for the small print...

The Plot Thickens is a non-commercial blog. All recommendations are based on personal preference and my own or our other gardeners’ own experience. Payments or free goods are not accepted in return for reviews of products and services. If an exception is made this will be clearly stated.

All words and images, unless otherwise credited, are my own. If you would like to copy text or images, I’d kindly ask that The Plot Thickens gets a positive mention and a link back to this blog.

Recent Posts

Photography Tip: Amphibians

Photograph of smooth newt © copyright David Fenwick

Amphibians love to bask in the summer sun, so with another hot weekend predicted and the kids on holiday it's the perfect time to get photographing.

Dave Fenwick is one of the generous wildlife photographers who have granted us permission to use their work on our site. He has a great tip for attracting amphibians for

identification: simply place some metal sheets on rough ground near a pond or stream (old baking trays or corrugated iron are perfect). The creatures love basking on the metal as it retains the heat.

Born in North Lincolnshire, Dave now lives and photographs flora and fauna in the far South-West. Check out his website for more amazing photography.

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