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Ilford Urban District Allotments 1925

Stop Press – Delighted to announce the publication of my new book, A growing space: a history of the allotment movement by Five Leaves on March 16th 2015.

Allotmentresources.org is an online research tool, created and maintained by Dr. Lesley Acton. The mission of allotmentresources.org is to support and expand the body of knowledge related to the past, present and future of allotment gardening.

Lesley holds an MA and PhD in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London, as well as certification in Adult Education. She has worked worldwide for over 25 years as conservator and museum professional, lecturer, researcher, author and public speaker.  She is the author of several books on conservation, along with numerous other publications on various aspects of cultural heritage and history. Lesley was commissioned by Five Leaves Publications to write a book based on her PhD research about allotments. 

Lesley developed allotmentresources.org as a way to share the huge database she had built up during her research. Given Lesley’s background, it is not surprising that she is passionate about preserving the past for the future. She hopes that by making these resources available, it will encourage further scholarship, as well as provide general information about allotments, their history and culture. Lesley felt it was also important to engage with some of the wider issues surrounding food. To that end, allotmentresources.org will include articles about sustainability, food security, culinary history and symbolic and meaningful cultural practices associated with growing-your-own. It will also regularly publish information about related conferences, calls for papers, grants and funding.

Picture: Ilford Urban District Allotments Map 1925