I am very lucky to live in London and have an allotment for £40 a year. My house has a small garden and is worth about £25,000. I certainly can see the value of the enormous allotment site if the Council were allowed to build on it. Some of the allotments are not used or not cultivated. I feel that I am the owner of a country estate and it is a lovely wild life area and only hope that it will stay that way. For less than a £1 a week I have all the advantages of a very large garden, the Council even cut the grass and cut the trees down and provide water etc. I would love to live in the country but had to work in London to buy the house and my children and grandchildren would miss me so am grateful for the opportunity to rent this land. The local school has taken on one plot as some of the children do not have the advantage of large gardens, some live in tower block flats and do not know where their vegetables are grown. We are lucky with plenty of parks around this area, and lets hope it remains that way. A lot of my allotment friends are Italians, and very, very nice people and good gardeners, although they do like their broad beans, which I am not too keen on. Funnily enough they are the first people to moan about foreigners as they are English although they still speak Italian. My Portuguese friend hates Portugal. It's a funny old world. My neighbours from Corfu, hate Corfu, I love it. They love our shops and people, so we can't be all bad.