Rupert Sheldrake claims in his article about family orchards (Issue 280), that his proposal for the sale of agricultural land for small orchard areas is “possible, feasible and desirable”. I beg to differ.

The basis of his suggestion is the extension of private ownership of land to those affluent enough to have a spare £5,000 for a fifth of a ‘secret’ acre. For whom is this “possible and feasible”? Alternatively, he suggests such plots might be rented out for “roughly £1,000 a year”; that compares with my annual allotment rent of £71.50, with the money going to a city council that ...


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