WHAT ARE ALLOTMENTS
Allotments are community gardens that are divided up into small plots for people to use for non commercial gardening; ie they are growing fruit, vegetables and flowers and herbs for their own use and not to sell.
Allotments date back hundreds of years into Anglo Saxon times but it was in the 1908 that that the government brought out the Small Holdings And Allotments Act whereby local authorities could supply working people with land to grow their own food.
In WW1 more land was made available for people to do this as there was such a shortage of food.
There are often very long waiting lists to get allotments as people tend to hang on to them once they are lucky enough to have one. They pay rent to the council and must keep their allotment in good order. More and more towns and cities are being persueded to offer disused land for transition into allotments as more and more people want to have a go at growing their own fruit and vegetables.
WHAT CAN YOU GROW?
You can grow small fruit trees that are trained along a fence so they don't take up a lot of space, this is also true of plums and pears. All sorts of vegetables as well as berrries and herbs can be grown. Allotment owners become experts at growing fruit and veggies in small spaces.