History

a little of the history…

historicalAllotments have been in existence for hundreds of years, with evidence pointing back to Anglo-Saxon times. But the system we recognise today has its roots in the Nineteenth Century, when land was given over to the labouring poor for the provision of food growing.

In 1908 the Small Holdings and Allotments Act came into force, placing a duty on local authorities to provide sufficient allotments, according to demand. However it wasn’t until the end of the First World War that land was made available to all, primarily as a way of assisting returning service men (Land Settlement Facilities Act 1919) instead of just the labouring poor.

An increasingly popular trend

Trends show that during times of recession people turn back to the land, wanting to reconnect
with something tangible while at the same time experiencing home-grown food, which costs
less and is better for us. The Dig for Victory campaign during the 1940s coupled with the grey of
the post war years saw a rise in people taking up allotments. At its height there were over

1.5million allotment plots across the UK.

good lifeThe 1970s with its three day week and trade union unrest saw another desire for self-sustainability, immortalised in the BBC show The Good Life. Today, with our economic uncertainly on a global scale, the desire for more space to grow food locally and experience life’s simple pleasures has reignited the call for more allotments.  Figures suggest there are approximately 330,000 allotment plots in the UK, but to meet the current demand  we need in the region of at least  a further 90,000  plots.