Allotments? Do you have them in your country?
November 25, 2012 2:32pm CST
Here in dear old blighty we have the allotment system, whereby a person can apply and rent for a pittance a small packet of land for cultivation of food. The area of such allotments is 10 poles, for all you modern people that's about 300 square yards and 250m2 for all you aliens and Francophone That's a size big enough to grow food for a family of four and allotments here are popular and have a real community spirit. Do you have a similar system in your country? Are they well used? all the best, urban
• United States
25 Nov 12
I don't think there are any here - not surprising since I'm in the middle of the country's largest city! I do miss such things that are so peculiarly British. I grew up in a UK council house that had a garden twice as big as your allotment. You don't see that very often these days. The problem is having enough time to devote to growing food. Part time gardening will not feed a family, and many acres of land are required to make a sustainable farm. There really isn't much in between to choose from. But still, the allotment is a nice thing, even if it is only suitable for hobbyists. 1 acre = 4840 square yards or 4046.86 square meters. (to keep the aliens satisfied.)
• Adelaide, Australia
26 Nov 12
Yes, we have them here. There is none where I live, but there are some near my work. They are not overly popular as people like to grow things around their own homes, adding value to them (here, it's the "biggest bang for your buck" thing you can do to add value to your property). The emphasis, I feel, is on greening up the country, rather than growing one's food, as excellent quality fresh organic fruit & veg are available everywhere for only a little money. Climate change is having an impact now as those things which people like to grow are no longer doing so well. People are finding increasing difficulty in tending to them regularly & the ones I've seen are not visually appealing.
• Manchester, England
25 Nov 12
I am from England as well, but although I know that allotments are still in use I rarely see them nowadays. They used to be very prolific and extremely popular, but there are surely far less around now. I guess the increase in people who have gardens has had an impact on allotments because they can be very demanding to look after properly, so trying to tend to an allotment as well as a garden would be seriously difficult.
25 Nov 12
Im in the UK and I will say that there are lots of places near me where you can rent that land and I will also say that they are all being used at the moment and there is a long waiting list of people that want one, so it maybe some time on the list before anyone gets to move up to their turn. I think that it is a good idea, as there are people that live in flats that do not have a garden to grow things in.
25 Nov 12
I am from the UK like you. I think different areas here have different success rates sometimes. I am in Gloucestershire more the rural part and we have quite a few allotments round here. I don't personally have one but I know a few people that do and I will help them out if they need it. I quite enjoy growing vegetables but I have a disability so can't fully commit to it unfortunately. I grow what I can at home. Do you have an allotment?