SE Essex Organic Gardeners - Allotment Gardens in Japan
SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 16 March at 8.00pm. The theme of this meeting is 'Allotment Gardens in Japan' presented by Dr. Richard Wiltshire, Senior Lecturer in Geography, King's College London.
Richard Wiltshire explores the development of a new allotment gardening movement in Japan, from its early origins in the 1920s, suppression after the Second World War, and resurrection in the 1970s. The import of best practice models from Europe since the 1980s has been based on a legislative framework that offers some surprising contrasts with British experience, in everything from typical plot sizes through to contrasts between urban and rural areas in the provision of allotment sites. As a rapidly ageing society, Japan also offers food for thought about the true social value of allotment gardening.
Richard Wiltshire has taught Japanese Urban and Environmental Geography at the School of Oriental and African Studies and King's College London, and has been the guest speaker at a number of allotment gardening conferences in Japan.