August 10, 2015, by Sarah

Marrow mayhem! It’s National Allotments Week

Update! It’s been 2 years since our ‘Marrow mayhem!’ post. So in National Allotments Week 2017 we thought we’d update the list of articles below. We haven’t chosen them on any systematic or scientific basis. Rather, they illustrate the wide range of benefits and positive impacts associated with allotments.

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National Allotments Week runs from 10th to 16th August 2015. The theme this year emphasises the benefits that allotments bring to everyone regardless of age or gender.

The allotment movement came into being at the cusp of the transition from the old ‘organic’ economy of pre-industrial England and the new mineral-based economy created by the industrial revolution.
Burchardt, Jeremy (2002). The allotment movement in England, 1793-1873. Boydell Press (Hallward Library DA533.B)

National Allotments Week also highlights the fact that we need to value our remaining plots and preserve them for future generations to enjoy. There’s a serious message behind the theme: allotment sites are vulnerable to pressures from development and we do need to take steps now to prevent further erosion of our allotment supply.

To celebrate National Allotments Week, we’ve picked you a bumper crop of articles which you can harvest through NUsearch. Some are only available to University of Nottingham staff and students because the library subscribes to the journals, but a couple are open access. Dig in!

Allotment site at the Eden Project, taken by the writer 31st July 2015

    Allotment site at the Eden Project, taken by the writer 31st July 2015

 

 

Do you grow your own? Are you involved with the Sutton Bonnington allotment or the Campus Community Garden on University Park? What have you got planned for #NationalAllotmentWeek?

.....and her own less manicured plot before the white currant harvest last week!

…..and her own less manicured plot before the white currant harvest last week!

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