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Keith Simpson, King of Cabbage-growing, has gone

Sadly, this website post is to report the death of a longstanding plot-holder at Lime Tree Road site – Keith Simpson.  Aged 82 when he died on Friday 23rd April, he was one of the youngest of the Windrush generation of Caribbean plot-holders who were in the majority on that site until fairly recently. 

Keith was the Site Representative for many years and did a lot of work in running the site – collecting rents, arranging deliveries of manure to feed the soil, fixing up the shed where they used to play dominoes every week, and maintaining the toilet block – these were just some of the things he did, and when the site was full up in the 1990s, he only had time to look after one plot – number 6 – while some of the other plot-holders had 2, 3 or in some cases 4 or more plots!   Later on, he took on Plot 3 as well. 

Now that the site is filling up again with a new generation of gardeners, it’s also a shame he’s not around to pass on a few tips about how to grow these amazing Savoy cabbages .

But we can restore the site to a well-cultivated, blooming and tidy haven for everyone to take pride in.   The pictures below are from Keith’s collection taken many years ago.

We send our condolences to his widow Pauline Simpson and his family and friends.   

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