Allotment Gardens

In Denmark, one of the symbols of blue collar culture is the allotment garden.  This is one of the interesting things about the Danes that really show how much they care about their fellow men.

Most people in this day and age believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, which then brings them to cities.  People who come to the city from the country and were used to growing their own food could rent some land and grow some vegetables to be more sufficient.  This was founded by an association called “Arbejdernes Værn” (lit. “The Worker’s Protection”) in Copenhagen.

Vegetables from the allotments became an important food supply during the first World War.  The number of allotment gardens grew and it was estimated to be about sixty-two thousand in 2001.  Most of the allotment gardens are on land owned by the municipality which rents the land to the allotment association.  The association in turn gives each member a plot of land.  The membership fee is significantly below what a market price would be so that all kinds of people can get it.   The allotment gardens are located on attracted plots, which is why it has huge waiting lists.

 

As it often the case, the ideal time for gardening is on Sundays considering the work schedule of most people.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  So, people built started building structures on their allotment to shelter or rest in.  The quirky houses aren’t built according to architectural standards.

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