'SHEDx – Grow for Good’ celebrates the history of allotments in Tolworth, Surbiton and Chessington in the London borough of Kingston upon Thames.   The project was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and allowed a team of volunteers alongside Community Interest Company, The Community Brain, to research the rich heritage of allotmenteering in the area through capturing oral histories, by undertaking research at local and national history and archive centres and by documenting land use through history to the present day.  The project also celebrated its findings by recreating our favourite finds and stories from local allotments and touring them across the local area and to prestigious London landmarks.


This book captures some of the projects research and findings and we are grateful to all the volunteers who helped bring ‘SHEDx – Grow for Good’ alive.

To order a physical copy of the book please email

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The project has developed a number of education resources, a selection of which are available below.  Please email for full details of what is available for schools. Should you wish to have a school visit about the project please email the same address. You can access the digital maps showing change in land use and allotment locations in Kingston upon Thames under ‘research’ in this website.

Allotment Origins
The War Years
Allotment Origins Worksheet
Modern Allotments