I have followed the progress of the Manor Gardening Society since 2007, when the gardens of this century old East London allotment society were demolished to make way for the London 2012 Olympic Park. That history is well-documented. When, in 2016, the Society moved to a new permanent home at Pudding Mill Allotments, I photographed soon after the sheds arrived on site in April 2016 and as one of the growers was preparing his patch.
Having established itself anew at Pudding Mill, it’s concerning that the Society is again facing an uncertain future. Proposals for nearby high-rise buildings, within the Bridgewater Triangle development, could overshadow the allotments and severely restrict the areas that can cultivate vegetables. Read this statement by the Society about the scheme.
This month, I returned to photograph the allotments at what is a quiet time of year for growers and, with the support of the Society, I will continue to do so while their campaign continues.