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UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments

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Northfields Allotments.

Northfields Allotments plotholders have been informed by Pathways in recent weeks of their intentions to build over at least 10% of the nearly 200-year-old site, with further plans to construct a mix of social and private housing.

By Luke Bartlett
They is Local London
Sept 16, 2016

Excerpt:

Francesca Bussey, Northfields resident and allotment owner, said: “We live in a social housing flat with no access to a garden of our own.

“In 18 months my daughter and I have transformed the plot from weeds and brambles to our own little patch of heaven.

“My daughter has learned so much she never would have been able to before, from seeing where the food on our table comes from to the lifecycle of the frog – and she now wants to be a gardener when she grows up.”

More than 400 members of the public enjoyed the allotments at the recent open day in July and the site also provides a safe habitat for a vast range of plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and insects.

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