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There is still a demand for allotments

The joy and health values of growing your own produce and the positive benefits of spending time out of doors were highlighted by Morwenna Brett's Food Times article ('They really dig vegetables', April 1).

I have been a keen allotment-holder for five years now and find it's a great way to wind down after work. I know exactly what I've put on my crops and how long they have been picked for.

Our allotment association has more than 160 members from all walks of life. However, we were informed a couple of weeks ago (nearly two months after they took the decision, and with no prior consultation) that Barnet Council is doubling the allotment rent for borough residents and quadrupling it for non-borough residents.

I am led to conclude that, by making such a significant price rise, fewer people will take or keep allotments, and the council will argue that there is no demand for allotments, and allotment sites will be sold off as lucrative building land.

Felicity Ford, chairwoman
Friern Barnet Allotment Holders' Association Ltd

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