Rooftop allotments to rent for a modest £50 to £75 a year are available at Brentford Lock West, an 11-acre scheme of 530 flats and townhouses on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, with Kew Gardens in easy reach.
One of the development partners is Canal & River Trust, and there is an architectural focus on usable community spaces. New moorings, pontoons and a footbridge are being created, the towpath widened and Art Deco warehouses refurbished.
Hounslow council has 28 allotment sites, all with long waiting lists, so the Brentford allotments are a welcome arrival. Green-fingered residents are being encouraged to “grow their own”, while the ongoing upkeep of the allotments is to be managed by Cultivate London, an innovative urban farm.
Carrick Square, the latest phase, has apartments priced from £464,950 and townhouses from £895,000. Call 020 8569 7449. Heritage Walk is another Brentford new build — 74 one-, two- and three-bedroom flats located next to the London Museum of Water & Steam in Kew Bridge Road. From £462,500. Call St James on 020 8662 6000.