8. Cockney Plots

Allotments and Grassroots Political Activism

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Elizabeth A. Scott PhD

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch8

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Scott, E. A. (2010) Cockney Plots, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • Cockney plots, allotments and grassroots - and political activism;
  • allotment gardens, historically assisting lower-income citizens - to engage in political processes;
  • political philosophy of cooperation, solidarity, and active citizenship - through allotment sites;
  • historical struggles for permanency and access to land - plaguing plot holders across the United Kingdom;
  • old East London borough of Poplar - now part of Tower Hamlets;
  • allotments, part of a larger middleclass scheme - improving social conditions of working classes;
  • poplars, housing a number of dock workers and other laborers;
  • cultivation of allotments - first and foremost, a self-help movement;
  • patriotic urge, contributing to war effort - and the Cultivation of Lands Order;
  • community gardens and allotments - a grassroots solution to threats


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Allotment Associations

  • The Allotment Site

  • New Relationships: Councillors and Gardeners

  • Conclusions

  • Notes