A Croxley Green woman is calling on Transport For London to change its "unequal" garden licence policy and allow her to turn some disused land into a vegetable patch.

Jacqueline Burns, 48, has lived at her Frankland Road home since October and has repeatedly applied to the transport network to turn the land behind her garden into an agricultural area. 

The local government worker said other residents on the street have these licences and she thinks it is unfair that her applications have been denied.

Mrs Burns said: "Our house backs onto the Metropolitan line and some of our neighbours are able to use the land but we’re not.

"Some people don’t pay anything and some pay between £45 and £145. Their policy is so unequal and I’m offering to pay. I don’t want to penalise others. I just want to be given the same access. I offered to pay for the fences and the land.

"My issue is that you have sporadic use of land with varying costs. It’s just sitting there, dormant.

"This area is approximately 30ft by 18ft and is totally overgrown with logs dumped on it and brambles overgrowing. 

"All I want to do is grow vegetables. The land has got subsidence so they won’t have used it for the track."

Mrs Burns, who lives with her 46-year-old husband, Philip, said she has made it clear in her applications to TFL that she would foot the bill for the cost of the licence and maintenance of the site, but she has been blocked at every attempt.

She said: "I’m happy to pay the ongoing costs of maintenance and do not wish to keep the land. I would be using wooden vegetable cots that can easily be dismantled. 

"I believe that this is a pertinent story to a lot of households in London due to the lack of available land and diminishing access to allotments which are being reused for housing." 

Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, said: “We are reviewing our approach to garden licences, and whilst this review is underway we will not be issuing any further garden licences.”