In the UK, allotments are small pieces of land rented to individuals for the purpose of growing food crops. There is no set standard size but the most common plot is 10 rods, an ancient measurement equivalent to 302 square yards or 253 square metres. Although these days, because of a shortage of plots they are now renting half or even quarter plots Rental costs vary across the country. Some pay as little as £8.00 pa and others £80.00. Most tend to be in the region of £20 to £40 per year often with discounts for the unwaged, retired etc. The land itself is often owned by local government (parish or town councils) or self managed and owned by the allotment holders through an association. Some allotments are owned by the Church of England.
There are currently 505 Allotment gardens being tracked on Folia.
Growing Allotment gardens is popular in the following countries: United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Spain.