Message to our readers
It is with great regret that I have decided to close Your Allotment magazine. Although the publication has gone from strength to strength since its launch in July 2011, with the October/November 2014 issue being the best yet, the lack of interest from wholesalers who serve High Street newsagents has severely hampered our ability to distribute and market the magazine.
I have really enjoyed researching and writing everything in Your Allotment and have met so many wonderful advertisers, retailers and readers – many of whom I now count as friends – and learned so much about growing fruit and vegetables in the process that I will miss working on the magazine.
However, despite giving up all my other journalism work at the end of 2013, I have not had been able to do some of the things I had planned to do because of the time devoted to Your Allotment. In addition, I have taken on more space at my allotment and joined the site committee, both of which will mean more work. In short, producing the magazine has become less of a pleasure and more of a chore – and I believe that is the time to call it quits.
Thanks to all the advertisers and retailers who have supported us so loyally and particularly to our readers, without whom Your Allotment would never have existed in the first place.
I am hoping to persuade another publication to take regular articles on allotments, so watch this space. But in the meantime, if you or anyone you know needs any written material, online or in print, or would like to 'mine' Your Allotment's back catalogue, do get in touch. I am also available to speak on all aspects of allotments, or on my experiences in setting up and running Your Allotment magazine. My new email will be Marciamacleod@googlemail.com.
Editor & Publisher