Allotments have been around for hundreds of years, possibly going as far back as Anglo-Saxon times. But in the 19th century they were essential.

The Victorian era 1830 to 1900 was a time of great industrial activity. The Industrial Revolution and increase in the national population led to huge growth in many towns. It was also a period of extreme poverty, workhouses and, as a result, social reform. At this point there was no Welfare State so allotments were key to the survival of people employed in low paid work.

Allotments are leased from landlords for a small rent, anything from £25 to £125 per year. Allotments are often associated with working class communities. They are a way of ensuring a food supply but they are also great for community, health and wellbeing.