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UK: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution

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It is legally permissible for allotment gardens to market the surplus, up to 49% of what allotmenteers produce, and councils are also entitled to put unwanted allotments to commercial use on a year-by-year basis.

By Ru Litherland
The Guardian
Aug 18, 2017

Excerpt:

Allotment gardens have always been more than mere domestic food growing units. From their very beginning in the Victorian period, when land was given to the labouring poor for growing food, they’ve provided a space for recreation and an alternative to industrial capitalism.

Allotments offer a way for individuals and the community to come together. They are special places. In 1908, the Small Holdings and Allotments Act placed a duty on local authorities to provide allotments according to demand, and by the end of the first world war land was made available to everyone, primarily as a way of assisting returning service men. By 1925, local authorities were banned from selling or converting allotments without ministerial consent.

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