The UK has a long history of managing allotments. During World War 2, allotments were one of the primary sources of food throughout the country, helping to feed everyone when our supply lines were cut off. They’ve since been recognised as an important part of British life and culture, and thousands of people throughout the country still engage in the management of allotments, for both the the sense of accomplishment they bring and the pleasure of eating food that you know you’ve grown yourself.
Developing an allotment can be a very time consuming process, but it does have clear benefits for the work you put in. For homeowners whose homes don’t have gardens, it can be a great alternative which will bring you a lot of satisfaction. For many, it can be a cheap and enjoyable way of getting your own fruit and vegetables.
Allotments also benefit individuals in ways that are unexpected. For example, because allotments are usually grouped together, it can be a great way for like minded individuals to meet each other. In fact, most allotment developments will see the inhabitants regularly trading the fruits of their endeavours.
Managing an allotment does take time, knowledge and skills. Knowledge in the sense that you need to know what the environment each plant needs to flourish, and skills in the sense that you need to carry that out; each of which take time to put into practice.
The major advantage that gardeners in allotments have is that they are able to get involved in the culture of their surroundings. You’ll be able to learn from others who’ve been managing an allotment for far longer, and fully take advantage of their skills. You will, of course, have the advantage that people during the second world war didn’t have, which is the amazing resource that is the internet (and us in particular), which can be tremendously useful in finding out how to manage and look after specific plant species.