I expected to find a number of documentaries about the history of allotments in the British Isles, either on radio or video. But it seems they don’t exist. This is a rather surprising omission, given the UK’s eagerness to produce ‘heritage’ radio and TV on everything from Queen Elizabeth I’s bathing habits to the 1930s holiday chalets of the Black Country (that last one was a corker, actually…). And while there are a few small micro-documentaries and student shorts, no-one seems to have made a more substantial in-depth documentary about UK allotments in general. The BFI database’s listing of documentaries on the topic, for instance, suggests the last such film was a 25 minute short about a London allotment made in 1976.

Above: lone allotment in Stoke-on-Trent. Photo by me.