PLAYING FIELDS AND ALLOTMENTS SIR, May I draw the notice
of your readers to a matter which is of grave concern to other schools besides the one of which I am head? In 1939 this school gave up its playing fields of about eight acres so that they might be used for allotments. At no time was all the available ground thoroughly cultivated, and now there are not twenty cultivated plots, yet the Edmonton Borough Council (apparently acting on instruction of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) recently refused to give up the badly needed ground and said that the matter would be considered afresh in September, 5947. My pupils need the cricket, football and hockey pitches and the grass tennis-courts. The only alternative ground avail- able for hockey is a field marked out for football, distant forty minutes' journey by 'bus. In such circumstances what justification can there be for the refusal to restore our ground? The situation is intolerable.—I am, Sir, yours faithfully, W. PERCIVAL. Hornsey County School, Pemberton Road, N. 4.