A firm of solicitors do battle with the head of the local council over a parcel of river front land, owned by the Huggett family, in order to build a lido/community center.
The repeated line "A garden is a lovesome thing. God wot!" is the first line of Thomas Edward Brown's poem "My Garden". Needing a rhyme for the line "Rose plot", Brown used the words "God wot" where 'wot' is an archaic form of "wit' meaning "knows". The line gave birth to the noun "godwottery" meaning (1) gardening characterised by a bizarre and elaborate style and (2) affected use of archaic language.