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Robert the Allotment Cat and Friends

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And people say ‘oh I’ve got a garden at home I can grow stuff there’, it’s not the same – not the same at all.

You can get different sizes of plots, you can get quarter plots, half plots – I’ve got a plot and a half. It’s the sense of community. It’s really good, you can learn so much, and because we’ve got so many nationalities you learn about what they grow in their own country, and how they grow it and the different ways they grow it. So there’s lots to learn from different people.” Co-ordinator Nicole, on behalf of the branch, presented the allotment-holders with a ‘special memorial planter’– and says: “It is fitting that Robert has his very own plot. He made the world a better place.” Here's my final song, to guide you to the light and hopefully bring some comfort to your family and friends. Until we meet again.Bye sweet Robert."

I’ve always liked having gardens, and then I moved into a flat and I didn’t have any outdoor space at all,” she says. And this sense of community is something which is also valued by 36-year-old Mark Foster, who’s had his own plot for just over a year now. The Tweet has sparked a huge response. Captain Mánkas said: “This is so so sad.Dear Robert,we will miss you terribly. Run free buddy, our Angel pals will welcome you at The Rainbow Allotments.”

Betty Farrugia, long-long-time Secretary of Walsall Road allotments, has purrsuaded Robert, the internationally acclaimed allotment cat, to write his meow-memoirs of his life and times in merry Perry Barr. We’re kind of used to being at home a lot, but it has been good to get out and get a change of scenery,” he says. So it was a way of having a little space outdoors for me, and also I wanted to start growing more of my own food. Al did the editing and all the technical stuff – but Robert put his heart into it too. He has so many skills and attributes but blow me down – he now wants me to teach him to read!”

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I just love it, I absolutely love it. You do feel like you’ve done something productive, you know it’s healthy. A cat from Birmingham who has built up a huge following on social media and has spearheaded a campaign to maintain access to the allotments where he lives has died. Robert the allotment cat, lived at Walsall Road Allotments in Perry Barr, and there were fears he would be abandoned when Birmingham City Council imposed a car ban during the Commonwealth Games this summer. Bearing in mind I’ve been through a pretty life-changing situation with the brain haemorrhage and everything, I thought ‘this is fantastic, I’m going to focus on this.’ And she says that, while little has changed for her, she thinks more people are beginning to wake up to the possibilities owning your own plot can bring as the coronavirus pandemic continues. You can still chat with people at a very safe distance – probably five metres away when you’re chatting, because they’re on their plots.

So it kind of depends on what kind of time you have – if you’ve only got a little bit of time, you can have a small plot and plant a few things, but everyone can do it. Following the sad news on Friday, thousands of people have expressed their sadness at the death of Robert.You can come and either do stuff quietly by yourself or you can just say hello to people in passing.” It’s encouraging to see that people want to get out into the fresh air and grow their own fruit and vegetables. And she says that having her plot to turn to in the current climate has been an "absolute saviour" for her – though she admits that she came across the allotments completely by chance. I like to come here when I’ve had a busy day at work and be by myself, but at the moment I’m just loving having people around. Cause I live on my own as well, and it’s having that place to come, and you can safely see people because there’s plenty of space. George The Stourbridge Junction Station Cat said: “My heartfelt condolences to you. I am so saddened to hear this tragic news. Thank you Robert for all the smiles you gave me and so many. Big gentle hugs for Roberts Hooman.”

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