A book that looks at the practical administrative side of allotments. As well as the history there is also information on how to set up your own committees, how to campaign, legalities etc.
There is also lots of information about planning and what to grow. This isn’t a gardening book, but is very useful insight into the organisation and politics of the plot.
A perfect guide for those wanting to take on more responsibility as part of the managing committee. The legal section is more in depth than most other books I have read and the guidance is spot on for when it comes to tackling problems such a council sell-offs and developers.
Available both new and used from Amazon for as little as a penny plus postage.
Amazon Reviews of The Allotment Handbook:
“History, legal information, planning guides, how to campaign. And loads of contact information. A friend lent it to me who has just used it with her group to set up an allotment committee, and I didn’t want to give it back! I’ve never seen so much information on the legal etc side of allotments in one place like this. It’s not very big, but packed with info and easy to read and understand the complicated planning and legal stuff.”
“A great book for people just starting out or thinking about getting an allotment.I am a complete allotment beginner and the monthly things to do section is immensly useful to get me organised. The detailed section about what to grow is also very informative. The only downside of this book is the lack of pictures and colour. All in all a very useful book. Thankyou.”
Further Books in this Section
- Allotment Folk by Chris Opperman
- Close to the Veg by Michael Rand
- Growing Space by Lesley Acton
- Of Cabbages and Kings by Caroline Foley
- One Man and His Dig by Valentine Low
- The Allotment Handbook by Sophie Andrews