The Plot In Berlin

Does your allotment come complete with its own orchard – and a house!

If you’re making do with a pocket-handkerchief allotment (or still waiting for one), you might like to consider a move to Berlin, where it’s possible to rent a 280sq m (3,000sq ft) plot, complete with apple, cherry and plum trees and a 22sq m (237sq ft) house, for €400 (£290) a year.

There are about a million allotments in Germany, with the highest number by far – 70,000 – in Berlin. It’s not all idyllic – there are the familiar stories of threatened development – but the BBC’s Berlin correspondent paints a picture of an enviable allotment culture – and apparently only half of the city’s allotment associations have waiting lists. Read more at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35008648

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Steve Ott

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