IT’S AN ABSOLUTE SCANDAL THAT ALLOTMENT HOLDERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR SITE

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In 2007, when Manor Garden Allotments in Stratford (East London) were closed to make way for the 2012 Olympic Park, artist Thomas Pausz built a hut from reclaimed materials, which stood next to the Royal Albert Hall in West London. The hut housed an art exhibition about the site and included memories and stories from allotment holders. The exhibition was intended to keep the memory of the site alive and in the public eye. Those involved in this enterprise hoped that the promise made by the authorities that they could return after the Olympics would not be forgotten.

UPDATE: October 2013

Allotment holders exiled from their plots to make way for the Olympics should not be allowed to return to the original site as promised, according to Waltham Forest Council Leader Chris Robbins, who said in a statement: “It’s an absolute scandal that allotments are set to take pride of place in the country’s flagship sporting facility.’

EMAIL CHRIS ROBBINS leader@walthamforest.gov.uk AND TELL HIM IT’S AN ABSOLUTE SCANDAL THAT ALLOTMENT HOLDERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN.

The gardens were established in 1900 by Major Arthur Villiers, to provide allotments for local people. Villiers’ bequest stated that the allotments were to be maintained in perpetuity. I wonder what he would have to say about Chris Robbins robbing the people of their allotments. Nothing very complimentary, that’s for sure.

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