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Allotmentresources.org is dedicated to preserving the history, culture, skills and knowledge of allotment gardening. 

Welcome to this website, which is dedicated to allotment gardening and growing-your-own. Allotmentresources.org is an online research tool intended for everybody who is interested in finding out more about allotments, allotment gardening and growing-your-own food, past, present and future.

In our Library you will find a wide range of resources encompassing all things allotments. There is advice on growing-your-own, management policy and practice, as well as the full text of  parliamentary acts and reports. There are books and book reviewsjournal articles and papers on issues such as sustainability and urban agriculture. There are links to allotment societies and associations, gardening magazines and regular updates on allotment news. You can also find out about allotment art and even who to follow on Twitter!

 

Growing space: a history of the allotment movement, now available.  

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Growing Space: a history of the allotment movement

The word ‘allotment,’ to some, still conjures up images of housewives Digging For Victory during WWII. However, beyond this public memory there is a history inextricably linked to the land and its people. Hitherto, the story of the allotment movement has been primarily a story about relieving hunger, and while feeding people has indeed been a significant part of the story – it has been only that – a part of the story. This book tells another side of the story, one of intrigue, lawsuits, government, politics, wars, land grabs, art, culture, recreation and not least of all, want and plenty.

‘The land racket, soaring house prices, speculators’ paradise . . . it is not easy to come by a full and balanced picture of the facts.’ This was certainly the case of the Lavender Hill allotments in Enfield, North London, . . .  The Lavender Hill Mob was an Ealing comedy ‘concerning some fairly pleasant crooks who got away with a fair amount of somebody else’s gold.’ The two stories were not unalike, except rather than gold, it was allotments and the Lavender Garden Property Company, which got away with a quarter of a million pounds of taxpayers’ money.