British Waterways gifts Hanwell land for allotments

British Waterways has given a plot of land on the Grand Union Canal to a charity for use as ‘mini-allotments’.

British Waterways has donated a lease on over 2,000 sq m of land alongside the Grand Union Canal to the William Hobbayne charity. It wil be used to encourage more allotment holders by splitting it into 18 starter plots.

Alotments have grown in popularity in recent years. Angela Wallis, local resident and trustee of the William Hobbayne Charity told the Ealing Gazette: “We recently had to close our waiting list as the demand is so great in this area. These new plots mean that we can get more people involved sooner than we had hoped for.”

The initiative was welcomed by London Mayor Boris Johnson and his food tsar, Rosie Boycott, who are aiming to create 2,012 new growing spaces in the capital by 2012.

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