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Wilmot Street Allotments

August 15, 2009
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Ainsley Street Gardens

The BBC reports that some Londoner’s have to wait 40 years to get a space on an allotment. Land allocated to this purpose is so scarce. It seems a waste that we’ve got a derelict (or at least under funded) piece of green space right on our doorstep. I’m referring to Anisley street gardens.

This land is owned by Waterlow Residents Limited and is maintained to a basic standard. However it’s woefully under used. Would you use an allotment in this space? Would you be willing to volunteer to get it up and running? Do you have other ideas on how we can make better use of this land? Add your comments below.

8 Comments
  1. Nikki Webster permalink
    August 21, 2009 4:40 pm

    Oh god yes! I’ve been on the waiting list for 4 years for an allotment….. I’ve no idea how to get one started, but happy to pitch in (so to speak!)

  2. August 31, 2009 5:45 pm

    Yeah we are also quite interested,possibly a petition to start then we can get the local paper involved to generate some extra local interest? If enough people are interested we should get together and try to push things forward

  3. Gareth Ingram permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:26 pm

    Sounds like a really good idea! Happy to help out if you need some extra help petitioning for this. Gareth.

    • Henry permalink*
      September 8, 2009 1:27 pm

      It’s good to see that this idea has support! I really just threw this one out there – and wasn’t sure what I’d get back. In terms of petitioning, we probably don’t need to do this, as it’s private land owned by all Wilmot Street Residents. It’s the organisation and ground work that will be more time consuming. Expect a follow up post to this very soon.

  4. Chloe permalink
    September 15, 2009 3:01 pm

    It’s a lovely idea, but could be difficult in terms of keeping out local teenagers and other people you probably don’t want trampling on your carrots…

  5. April 21, 2010 5:26 pm

    I think allotments would be quite difficult to do on this spot as people tend to want to mark or fence off their own sections to keep the fruits of their labours and keep over people out.

    However, I do think this spot (I live on the block on the right of this photo) is totally ripe for being re-claimed. At the moment it’s the sole reserve of dog walkers, teenagers and more recently groups of drunk old men – if we could all get together and turn it into some sort of community garden, with food being grown in amongst the planting, this could work very well.

    But where to start? I’d love to see a local residents type group take this on; would probably have to start with a mass litter picking session(!) but don’t have the time to organise.

    Any ideas, anyone?

  6. Aaron permalink
    January 25, 2011 6:02 pm

    Not related to this page, but has anyone thought that Wilmot Street could do with some nice bike sheds in the car park?

    As their don’t seem to be many car drivers, but there does seem to be stacks of bikes (some unused) then it would be really good if we could take up 2 or 3 car park spaces at the back by the bins and have a sheltered bike area.

    Not sure how it would be paid for, but i’m sure some bike riders might like to donate a bit for them to go up?

    Any thoughts?

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