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Nathan "Natty" Rothschild

Nathan_Rothschild Nathan Mayer Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild Bt GCVO PC (8 November 1840 – 31 March 1915) was a British banker and politician from the international Rothschild financial dynasty. Known as "Natty," he was the eldest son of Baron Lionel de Rothschild (1808–1879) and Baroness Charlotte de Rothschild (née von Rothschild). Natty was renowned for his public spirit and generosity. Notwithstanding his support for free enterprise, he embarked on a major programme of housing and improvement across his estate, effected by his agent Richardson Carr and the architect William Huckvale.

A hospital and nursing service, allotments and recreation grounds were among the facilities he provided. The estate became renowned for its Jersey cattle and its Shire horse stud, and for hosting the annual one day Tring Show, precursor of the Herts Show. - See more at: chilternsaonb.org

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    bp Great news! We now have a new website. I know, I know I hear the more cynical amongst you say but for how long and so what... Well that depends on us. If you want it just to be a static brochure site with some useful links, you are already aware of, then at least we can leave it like that for people who are looking for an allotment in Tring. However if you are a bit more ambitious and want to publish pictures of your site, pass on information to help others, ask questions, discuss things, read committee minutes or sell/give away things you no longer need but know that someone else would benefit from, then lets do that. Why don't we start with collecting any ideas you may have. Use the contact form for your suggestions, and I will add it to the blog for further discussion. I found this link which I thought was useful if you were looking for ideas. It is a list of allotment websites, just like this one. In addition don't be afraid to say you think this site looks pants. However if you do think that way help me by making suggestions how I could make it look better, use the contact form, I really will not be offended. By the way my name is Brian and I have plot no 48A and I am helping the committee with this site.

Brief history of allotments

Allotments have been in existence for hundreds of years, with evidence pointing back to Anglo-Saxon times. But the system we recognise today has its roots in the Nineteenth Century, when land was given over to the labouring poor for the provision of food growing. This measure was desperately needed thanks to the rapid industrialisation of the country and the lack of a welfare state. In 1908 the Small Holdings and Allotments Act came into force, placing a duty on local authorities to provide sufficient allotments, according to demand.

dig for victory However it wasn’t until the end of the First World War that land was made available to all, primarily as a way of assisting returning service men (Land Settlement Facilities Act 1919) instead of just the labouring poor.

The rights of allotment holders were strengthened through the Allotments Acts of 1922, but the most important change can be found in the Allotments Act of 1925 which established statutory allotments which local authorities could not sell off or covert without Ministerial consent, known as Section 8 Orders. Further legislation has been listed over the intervening years which have affected allotments, the latest of which is the Localism Act 2011.

Tring Allotment Association

Membership of the Allotment Association is currently only £3.50 per year, giving excellent value for money. It is funded purely by membership fees and plant sales and therefore relies on this income to fund the benefits above – your membership would be greatly appreciated. allotment

Membership Benefits
  • Access to buying seeds and plants from Kings Seeds. These have a very wide variety of vegetables and fruit, both common varieties and those that are rarely found elsewhere. They are sold at a heavy discount, often saving upwards of 50% when compared to other retailers.
  • Liability insurance for your plot – as the plots are in a public location, this will cover you should someone have a mishap.
  • Communal manure delivery at least once a year.
  • Occasional access to a skip to dispose of larger waste from your plot.
  • The opportunity to have a common voice regarding any important decisions on the management of the allotments; a representative of the Allotment Association attends all Environment and Allotment Committee meetings at Tring Town Council to represent the plot holders.
  • The chance to meet other plot holders at events such as the Annual General Meeting and Christmas Drinks.

If you would like to join the Association or to renew your membership, please use the contact form.