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Book 6 | Raising Spirits

Allotments, well-being and community

Second edition, December 2015


Jenny Mollison, Judy Wilkinson and Rona Wilkinson


Allotments are the unsung story of our times; hidden places for food, friendship and freedom from the conformity of everyday life. Sites vary but most encourage plotholders to blossom by developing their creativity and skills. The authors take us on a fascinating journey where we learn how allotments came about; why they can make such a substantial contribution to health, well-being, community, food production, and the environment; and what's happening with allotments in other countries. We also learn why we need more of them not just for food security, wildlife and green therapy but because they teach us all what matters and how to live better lives.


The second edition includes a fascinating portrait of the campaign organised by SAGS (Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society) to ensure that the new Community Empowerment Bill enhanced the legislative framework for allotments and safeguarded them for the future.


Jenny Mollison has been gardening since childhood.   She has had an allotment in Musselburgh for over 25 years. She enjoys visiting other allotments and writes a regular column called 'Allotment Tales' for The Scotsman.

Judy Wilkinson is a member of the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society and Policy Officer on the Glasgow Allotments Forum. She has tended an allotment in Glasgow for the last 40 years.

Rona Wilkinson grew up on her parents' allotment. Her career in renewable energy and community development covers land usage, social and economic issues and working with communities at home and abroad.