Allotments as we know them in Scotland began in the 18th century. Plots are used mainly for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables. It is also not unusual to see poultry on allotments.
In Scotland the provision of allotments is the responsibility of the local authority. It is not normally possible to rent an allotment outwith your own local authority area. Some plots are not owned by the council.
In Scotland there are 211 active allotment sites, 6341 individual plots, 3019 people on the waiting list, 69% owned by local authorities and 55% of plots lie outside of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen areas.