“The Rosendale Allotments were established in 1908. It is an 18 acre site owned by Dulwich Estate on Knights Hill between Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in South London.
The Allotment Association is constituted as an Industrial and Provident Society, registered and regulated by the FSA, and therefore bound by the rules and regulations which govern such bodies. The Association is formed by the members, and a membership fee is charged. There are 480 plots on the site and the 500 plot holders and sharers are a diverse group, drawn mainly from South London, with all its rich ethnic and cultural variety.”
The allotments association has a Community Outreach Officer, Amy Nelson, who engages schools and local community groups to develop and run food growing workshops on the allotments and at other local sites. Her remit extends to encouraging people to grow food in their gardens, balconies or windowsills. She also supports new community gardens by providing them with skills and support.
Amy represents part of the increased recognition over the last 5-10 years of the importance of connecting people to the origins of the food they eat.