Allotments have been in existence for hundreds of years, with evidence pointing back to Anglo-Saxon times. But the system we recognise today has its roots in the Nineteenth Century, when land was given over to the labouring poor for the provision of food growing. This measure was desperately needed thanks to the rapid industrialisation of the country and the lack of a welfare state.
In 1908 the Small Holdings and Allotments Act came into force, placing a duty on local authorities to provide sufficient allotments, according to demand. However it wasn’t until the end of the First World War that land was made available to all, primarily as a way of assisting returning service men (Land Settlement Facilities Act 1919) instead of just the labouring poor.
The rights of allotment holders were strengthened through the Allotments Acts of 1922, but the most important change can be found in the Allotments Act of 1925 which established statutory allotments which local authorities could not sell off or covert without Ministerial consent, known as Section 8 Orders. Further legislation has been listed over the intervening years which have affected allotments, the latest of which is the Localism Act 2012.
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Barbara Askew:St David's Allotment Association is pleased to announce we have organised a discount scheme with Suttons Seeds.How the scheme works:-By using our unique order code.Individual members get 40% discount on any seed orders and the association gets 10%. On[…]
Valerie Holland:Just came from allotment,and where David had cleared a plot think its 132 of all weeds and brambles,noticed that someone had burnt it all sometime yesterday ,anyone see this happen?(1 day ago)
Barbara Askew:Orchard fruit all picked this afternoon. They are outside the shop please everyone help yourself.Next year we will hopefully have a better crop and will sell fruit for association funds. Anyone who sponsored a tree is entitled to pick[…]
Phillip Walker:Last evening, I was doing a bit of 'community' mowing and popped up to the orchard/playground to check the grass levels (which are ok at the moment). Having wandered around the orchard to check fruit quantities,Christine, myself and Barbara[…]