Uplands Allotments are situated on the north western edge of Birmingham, adjacent to the Sandwell Valley Country Park. It is the largest allotment site in the UK – with 422 plots – it opened in 1949, with its own office and meeting hall.
Local Authorities are duty bound to provide space for people wishing to grow their own food. With rising food prices and increasing interest in healthy, locally grown produce, allotments are again much sought after following years of decline. The allotments are owned by Birmingham City Council, and plotholders rent is paid to the Council annually. There is also a local group of plot-holders who meet regularly to maintain and improve the site and provide social functions.
The association has taken various forms over the years, but recently a Cooperative was set up to provide a non-profit making organisation to which all plot-holders could opt in to.