Bournemouth East Allotment Society Limited is based in Southbourne, Bournemouth located n the middle of residential housing. As a self managed allotment site and a not-for-profit organisation, the allotments are reliant on an unpaid Management Committee and a team of willing volunteers. Rents for the plots are modest and fund raising is an important part of what we do.
The land was given to the local authority in 1919 and specified that it should be used for allotments. As such, it means we are considered Statutory Allotments which gives us some protection from the land being used for any other purpose. First registered as an Industrial & Provident Society in 1935, we have managed our own affairs for a long time.
Since 1935, the popularity of allotments has waxed and waned but currently interest is high and our waiting lists fairly long. With the growing popularity of plant based diets, the desire to reduce the carbon footprint by eating fruit and vegetables that are in season, and the recognised benefits to health and well-being, that interest is unlikely to change soon.