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Build To Rent firm provides planters as substitute for allotments

A Build To Rent operator is cashing in on the surge in demand for allotments by creating mini-versions at one London scheme.

Eighteen small planters have been placed in Quintain Living’s Canada Gardens scheme to create what the operator calls “a hub for residents of all ages to get together and connect with nature, to socialise over shared growing tips and to enjoy producing fresh, seasonal food for the whole family.”

The operator calls the planters “allotment beds.”


Demand for genuine full-size allotments has soared since the pandemic. 

According to Association of Public Service Excellence nearly 90 per cent of local authorities experienced increased demand for allotments as a result of Covid-19.

“Our residents can get outside, connect with nature and enjoy the benefits of gardening – it’s particularly rewarding for those growing their own produce to eat” claims Danielle Bayless, Quintain’s chief operating officer. 

It’s a great way for residents to enjoy home-grown fruit and vegetables, whilst reducing their carbon footprint as well as to teach children where their food comes from.”

A statement from the company says it has also provided “a storage shed for residents’ tools, pots and seeds as well as a greenhouse for use. The shed also contains useful planting and growing information.”


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