The Mansewood Site- Henry's Croft Farm
Plans for an allotment site around the Mansewood area were put forward around 1951. Glasgow City Council chose to compulsory purchase a site known as Henry's Croft Farm on top of what is now Mansewood High Park to build the allotment. The farm itself was a collection of arable fields around and on top of the hill that were used for grazing sheep and cattle and agriculture had been going on at the site since at least the 18th century. Arguably, building an allotment on the site in the 50s helped to maintain a link to historic local food production that would probably have been lost to concrete in the development-bonanza of the 1960s and 70s.
Mansewood High Allotments, as the site was called, proved to be very popular and most plots were let out quickly. High demand at the site led to an extension, but over time this popularity fell and the allotment site was made smaller. As many older plotholders gave up their growing spaces, the allotment began to fall into dereliction.
In the late 1990s, new plotholders moved on to the site and reinvigorated Mansewood, tiyding the site up and reletting derelict plots to budding growers. Since then, things have only improved and all of the plots on Mansewood Allotments are currently let, with a waiting list open for people who want to join. The site is managed by the Mansewood Allotment Committee – a group of plotholders at the site who are elected to positions each year. There's a great community spirit at Mansewood, and all plotholders are encouraged to get involved with the committee and to help out at communal work parties.