History of Allotments in the UK

I’ve had a few emails from the USA asking what an allotment is and how did they get started so I’ve written an article explaining.

The history of allotments goes back further  than you might think. In fact you can argue they started before the Norman conquest of England!  That’s 1,000 years near enough. Before you go search for stone circles on your plot , the allotment as we know it really goes back to the 1800s and the General Enclosure Acts.

Anyway, whilst the rain continues to pour down on the British Isles, you might like to spend 5 minutes reading about the history of allotments.

History of Allotments


Posted in New on Site
5 comments on “History of Allotments in the UK
  1. Keith says:

    Tried to find out about the History of Allotments and the link doesn’t take you there!

  2. John says:

    Thanks for telling me Keith – don’t quite know how I did that but I’ve fixed it now

  3. tom says:

    we are making a allotment at school

  4. John says:

    Well done Tom and good luck with it

  5. audrey says:

    I’m showing the movie ‘Grow Your Own’ (called The Allotment’ I believe in the U.K.) at our Retirement Village (Perth, W.A.) on Sunday and many Aussies were somewhat bemused and wanted to know what an ‘Allotment’ is. Thank you for the article – being a ‘Pommie’ I knew but didn’t know the history’. Great stuff – thank you!

Leave a Comment Here on History of Allotments in the UK

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


February 2024

What to do now on your plot!

Monthly Free Newsletter

Allotment Photo History

Our Books – A Growing Offer!

Our bestselling books for growing success!
More Information


Allotment & Garden Online Planning

Free Trial - Allotment Planner
Personal Planting Updates & Tips
by email twice a month
Allotment Garden Planning Software