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Last Updated: Monday, 24 September 2007, 02:41 GMT 03:41 UK
Last stand on Olympic allotments
A computer generated image of how the 2012 Olympic Park will look
The site has been cultivated for more than 80 years
Allotment holders have made a final stand against being evicted to make way for the Olympic Park in east London.

After packing up on Sunday, gardeners from Manor Garden Allotments marched from Hackney Town Hall to the Olympic Park Gates in Waterden Road.

The plot holders were protesting against a well-used and much-loved site being lost to an "uncertain" future.

The London Development Agency (LDA) said it had supported all those on the Olympic site to relocate.

After gathering the last of their crops, tools and plants the gardeners were joined by residents, and other local people being moved on by the Olympic Authorities, outside the town hall.

They then marched towards the Olympic Park Gates to demonstrate their "disquiet, and distrust of the promised benefits the Olympics are claimed to bring".

The plot holders are being moved to a temporary site in Waltham Forest and can return to Hackney Wick when the Games are over.




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