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Stalled building sites in Square Mile to become allotments

Stalled or vacant building sites in the City of London could be used as allotments under new scheme

A different kind of green shoot is being proposed for stalled or vacant building sites in the City of London.

The local authority is planning to transform development land thwarted by the recession into temporary allotments. The allotments would be planted using giant grow bags, which could be relocated if necessary.

The Square Mile initiative is the latest in a push for more urban agriculture in London. London mayor Boris Johnson recently launched a scheme to turn 2,000 sites in London to food cultivation by 2012. And just last week, the Queen announced a 30ft by 12ft vegetable patch would be cultivated in Buckingham Palace’s 40-acre garden.

CABE has said that Britain has nearly 74,100 acres of vacant or derelict brownfield land and other unused spaces which could be transformed for public use.

The temporary allotments in the Square Mile would be offered to the City of London’s 9,000 residents. The local authority currently lacks any formal allotments.

Readers' comments (2)

  • What a good idea - and there are plenty of vacant sites around as far as I can see!

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  • The slow food movement comes to London! It so important that our children don't lose touch with how food is produced. This could make a fantastic impact on biodiversity too. It has always pained me that there are so few trees in the Square Mile - there should be a tree for every parking space!

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