If you need to give your Glastonbury wellies a trial run before the inevitable mudslide next week then get yourself along to the the Manor Gardening Society allotments from 1pm today. You remember these plucky allotmenteers. They fought a brave fight against eviction from their original Manor Gardens plot – part of the Olympic site – but are now adjusting to life in their temporary plots in Marsh Lane Fields, Leyton, E10.
Today’s open day will be waterlogged and windy but that won’t stop this strongly united community celebrating and looking to the future. They’ve been promised a new home in the Olympic Park post-2012 and have launched their own consultation survey about the real demand for allotments in the East End to make sure future provision matches demand. There will also be homecooked food from lifeislanders Hassan and Reg, ably assisted by Sam Clark (Moro) and artist Thomas Pausz’s shed of memories has also been recycled into a kitchen specially.
Given the raft of Olympic cost stories this week, it’s sobering to note that relocating the allotments cost around £2.3m and the allotmenteers are keen for legacy funds to be placed in community hands, to ensure local people benefit directly. They’re awaiting a response from the new Mayor Boris Johnson, assuring them of support for their future well being, so watch this space.