The origin of the modern allotment is an interesting one, and seems to have had two very different beginnings running in parallel before what we now know as an allotment was created. On the one hand the enclosure of common land led to a provision of growing land for the rural poor, and on the other the move into towns driven by the industrial revolution led to ‘city allotments’ that were predominantly gardened by the well-off middle classes.

Published in Allotment Basics

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