In the United Kingdom, allotments are small parcels of land rented to individuals usually for the purpose of growing food crops.
There is no set size but the most common plot is 1 rods, an ancient measurement equivalent to 302 square yards or 253 square metres.
Allotments have evolved through a varied history of social and economic change the most notable in the Second World War where the famous ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign exhorted and educated the public to produce their own food.
The first legislative reforms date back to the Enclosures Act 1845.
Allotment gardening provides a wide range of benefits to communities and the environment. Allotments are significant to our green spaces and provide habitats for many forms of wildlife.