Friday, 26 February 2010
Does one laugh or cry?
"Trust to create 1,000 allotments
Sir, I do hope that the people who so loudly condemn the National Trust for planning to return land that was once wetland to its original state at Wicken Fen have noted that last week the trust announced its intention of leaving over enough land in estates it owns to create 1,000 allotments by 2010.
Two of these allotments areas are in Cambridgeshire at Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Hall.
The one at Wimpole Hall will be "community supported" which will mean that those people who would like to grow their own but may not physically be able to, will be able to work the allotments through a manager.
This seems a very good way to encourage a lot of people to improve their diet, health and psychological well-being by growing their own food and in doing so, connecting with the natural cycle of the growers' year.
Not only will these people discover the satisfaction of eating their own produce but it will inevitably lead to them becoming more discerning in their choice of food.
Meanwhile, Wicken Fen can help restore some of the real character of the area on a larger scale, and with it will come more wildlife.
Mr Woollard talks of flies, but if we have more predators on flies nesting on the land in the increased reed beds, it will soon be full of bird life to deal with those flies.
Hilary van de Watering
St. Mary's Street
As my readers might guess, I could not nor would not let the letter go unanswered, so here is my reply:
"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I read Hilary van de Watering's letter. Does she seriously believe that the creation by the National Trust of 1,000 allotments - some of them with 'managers' - will in any sense compensate the country for the lost food production from up to 14,000 acres of our finest Fen farmland? Cornelius Vermuyden must be turning in his grave because of what is going on in our area and because of Ms. van de Watering's musings.
Independent Parliamentary Candidate for South East Cambridgeshire."