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.
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!
- Soga, M.; Cox, D.T.C.; Yamaura, Y.; Gaston, K.J.; Kurisu, K.; Hanaki, K. (2017). Health Benefits of Urban Allotment Gardening: Improved Physical and Psychological Well-Being and Social Integration. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14: 71
- Lidia Poniży, L. & Stachura, K. (2017). Future of Allotment Gardens in the Context of City Spatial Policy – A Case Study of Poznań. Quaestiones Geographicae, 36 (1)
- Gustedt, E. (2017). Reflexions on Urban Gardening in Germany. Challenges in Sustainability, 4 (1) 63-70
- Foster, G., Bennett, J. & Sparks, T. (2017). An assessment of bumblebee (Bombus spp) land use and floral preference in UK gardens and allotments cultivated for food. Urban Ecosystems. 20 (2) 425–434
- Wood, C.J., Pretty, J. & Griffin, M. (2016). A case–control study of the health and well-being benefits of allotment gardening. Journal of Public Health, 38 (3) e336–e344
- Nordh, H., Wiklund. K.Y. & Koppang, K.E. (2016). Norwegian allotment gardens — a study of motives and benefits. Landscape Research, 41 (8), 853-868
- Woods, M.E., Ata, R., Teitel, Z., Arachchige, N.M. (2016). Crop diversity and plant–plant interactions in urban allotment gardens. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 31 (6),540-549
- Speak, A.F., Mizgajskib, A. & Borysiakb, J. (2015). Allotment gardens and parks: Provision of ecosystem services with an emphasis on biodiversity. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 14 (4) 772-781
- Miller, W.M. (2015). UK allotments and urban food initiatives: (limited?) potential for reducing inequalities. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.
- Edmondson, J. L., Davies, Z. G., Gaston, K. J., Leake, J. R. (2014). Urban cultivation in allotments maintains soil qualities adversely affected by conventional agriculture. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51: 880–889.
- Moore, N., Church, A., Gabb, J., Holmes, C., Lee, A., Ravenscroft, N. (2014). Growing intimate privatepublics: Everyday utopia in the naturecultures of a young lesbian and bisexual women’s allotment. Feminist Theory,15: 327-343.
- Bishop, R., Purcell, E. (2013). The Value of an Allotment Group for Refugees. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76: 264-269,
- Hawkes, F.M., Acott , T.G. (2013). People, environment and place: the function and significance of human hybrid relationships at an allotment in South East England. Local Environment, 18 (10).
- van den Berg, A.E., van Winsum-Westra, M., de Vries, S., van Dillen, S.M.E. (2010). Allotment gardening and health: a comparative survey among allotment gardeners and their neighbors without an allotment. Environmental Health, 9:74
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?