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How the humble allotment could lead the fight against gentrification

Done right, the allotment can be a rejection of consumerism and social isolation—and a powerful mechanism to resist unscrupulous developers

By Chloe Tomlinson  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn views an allotment during a General Election campaign visit to Pudsey. Photo: PA

Imagine the scene. A young family is being shown around one of the new flats that have popped up in an urban neighbourhood. They are standing in what will be the living room, and the estate agent is pointing at something. “You really don’t need a garden. Plenty of green space nearby,” he says, nodding sagely. “Just behind the old boozer over there, you see: allotments.” Ooh, allotments. Does anything scream bohemia…

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