I am amazed it hadn't happened before now, really.
We (probably I, to be honest) have lost the tap key, that essential piece of allotment kit that allows us to turn on the tap near our plot when it's watering time. It's a little brass widget that goes on top of the tap, and small enough to be easily lost in long grass.
I wandered up to the town council offices last week with the tiny person in her pushchair to pick up another one for the grand sum of £2.50 and the person who deals with the allotment admin for the council suggested tying a string onto my new one to avoid losing it. I've gone one better - the new tap key is now wrapped in green shiny tape and boasts a gold sparkly ribbon so it'll stand out like a sore thumb. (No doubt I'll find the old one any day now ...)
Anyway, that wasn't really the point of this post. I got into a bit of a chat with the admin woman and asked about waiting lists for my allotment site. Apparently there's a 10-strong waiting list, and five new plots are being carved out on some idle land on the site to find homes for some of the prospective growers. That definitely represents a renaissance in interest in allotments where I live - when I got mine about five or so years ago there were a handful of vacant plots to choose from (and as you'll know if you've read my book, I made a bad choice in the one I picked!)
I know there's very often a big waiting list on London allotments but I wonder if this applies to the majority of sites across the country now?