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Whatstandwell & Crich Carr Allotments

As of this year Bob and Daphne Tatum have taken over the running of the allotments with Robin and Marian Harvey assisting. We would all like to thank Alan Waterfall and Silvia Bancroft for doing the job in the past.

In taking over we discovered that there was a possibility of the land containing the allotments being sold, so a petition was raised and presented to the council (Crich) who rent them from the owner to us. The process is ongoing and we await the end result, hopefully a good one. Meanwhile all the allotments for this year are paid up, with a waiting list of half a dozen or so, naturally we are asking anyone who has an allotment and is struggling to work it, for whatever reason, to tell us so it can be reallocated.

Incidentally anyone changing their carpets and want a new home for them please feel free to take them and put them just inside the gate off the track, and they will be used to help keep down the weeds.

R A Harvey

A few allotment facts

The allotment system began in the 18th century. Under the allotments acts a local government is required to maintain an 'adequate provision' of land which can then be subdivided into allotment gardens for individual residents at a low rent. The rent is set at what a person "may reasonably be expected to pay". The council has a duty to provide sufficient allotments to meet demand.

Typically an allotment is 10 rods (250 square metres or one-sixteenth of an acre). A plot cannot exceed 40 rods and must be used for the production of fruit or vegetables for consumption by the plot-holder and their family, or of flowers for use by the plot-holder and their family. The exact size and quality of the plots is not defined.

The total number of plots has varied greatly over time. In 1873 there were 244,268 plots and by 1918 there were around 1,500,000 plots. Numbers fell in the 1920s and 1930s, but increased to 1,400,000 during World War II. By 1997 the number of plots had fallen to around 265,000.