Allotments have been an important and valuable part of the urban community for over 150 years. They were created to empower those on low incomes to improve their quality of life, health and diet, by growing their own food. The common land these people worked was the remains of land that had once been communal agricultural land.
The General Enclosure Act of 1845 made the provision of allotments for the ‘labouring poor’ mandatory and introduced the concept of landlord and tenant for allotment land. The 1908 Allotments Act made allotments the responsibility of local authorities and the 1922 Allotments Act made allotments available to all, not simply those on low incomes. Allotment law was last updated under The Allotments Act 1950, and the Allotment Acts in their entirety form the platform for the legal obligations and responsibilities of both allotment holders and Landlords.
Liverpool City Council delegate the management of their 24 Council owned allotment sites to individual Societies/Associations, and these sites are managed on a local level by plot holders themselves on behalf of the local authority. Liverpool City Council is the ultimate landlord and receive rents, 10% of rents collected by allotment societies/associations are paid back to the local organisations to as management aid. In addition to City Council allotment rent, individual allotment holders pay Allotment subscriptions in order to cover the costs of insurance, utilities and other allotment association/society obligations. Allotment gardening in the 21st Century consists of people of all ages and backgrounds creating vibrant communities that produce fresh, healthy food and offer a healthy lifestyle too.
The A.L.A. is an overarching representative body that protects and promotes the interests of all allotment sites and their members in Liverpool, and is recognised by the National Allotment Society as the local representative body for the National organisation.
We hold business meetings every 3 months in order to deal with allotment related issues, and work on a day to day basis offering advice and support to allotment gardening organisations as and when needed. Membership fees are £15/year/organisation.
If you are not a member and you wish to attend a meeting on behalf of your organisation, or you are thinking of establishing an allotment gardening/food growing organisation and seek advice, please contact us by sending an email to