Lincoln’s Allotments: A History
Allotments in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK
By Geoff Tann
The Survey of Lincoln
Geoff Tann’s booklet, Lincoln’s Allotments: A History, published by the Survey of Lincoln (2008) with help from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, explored the origins of Lincoln’s allotment plots and provides a glimpse of social trends which prompted the development, and at times led to the closure, of the city’s many different allotment sites, past and present.
As part of the research for the booklet, detailed information was collected about the 80 allotment sites known to have once existed in Lincoln. This detail was outside the scope of the booklet but has been presented as an Historical Gazetteer of Allotment Sites.
Thousands of Lincoln residents have cultivated an allotment plot. In wartime, their contributions to feeding the city have been valued. In peacetime, allotment sites have thrived and declined with changing lifestyles. It is these people who have created the history of allotments in the city of Lincoln. In between their working days, in between family commitments, in between bad weather and at the edges of daylight, while health allowed, they gradually turned pasture and arable land into hand-dug soil of high yielding fertility. They have passed advice down through the generations and experimented bravely with new approaches. They have influenced and cajoled decision makers and maintained the struggle to keep allotment sites.