Allotment Gardens: A Surprising History

9 June 2018

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Venue: Epicentre, 41 West St, Leytonstone, London E11 4LJ

Organiser: News from Nowhere Club

The News from Nowhere Club has met every month on a Saturday night since 1996 in the spirit of William Morris ('Fellowship is heaven and the lack of fellowship is hell. Fellowship is life and the lack of fellowship is death'). Morris lived in this borough (Waltham Forest) as a boy. The Club aims to create a bit of a new society in the shell of the old and challenges the commercialisation and isolation of modern life. We have a speaker each time; they cover the arts, history, politics, social issues....Everyone is invited to announce their own events; there is a literature table for your leaflets. Entry is free. We invite donations to cover room hire. There is a (mainly) veggie buffet; please bring something if you can.

Do you think allotments are just about growing vegetables? Think again. Allotments have a long history and are reflective of the times in which we live.

This talk by Dr Lesley Acton will explore the many sides of allotment history: growing food, intrigue, lawsuits, government, politics, wars, land grabs, art, culture, recreation and not least of all, want and plenty.

Lesley Acton PhD is the author of Growing Space: A History of the Allotment Movement. She has worked for many years in the heritage industry as well as researching cultural history, urban agriculture, food security and culinary history.