by John | Jul 15, 2013 |

The Land Settlement Association


In 1934, the government created a scheme that aimed to resettle unemployed workers from depressed industrial areas of Britain; these included, in particular, Wales and North-East England.

Over 5 years, 26 settlements were created, with 1100 small-holdings established across them.

All applicants to the scheme were vetted and given agricultural training. Successful individuals were given a small-holding for themselves and their families to run, along with a newly built cottage and livestock. The small-holdings were grouped and expected to run cooperative market gardens; produce being sold exclusively through the Association.

The settlements were set up in rural areas, such as Suffolk. Newbourne, a village and civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal region was one of the areas used in the scheme. Several plant nurseries, commercial greenhouses and roadside produce stalls still remain in the locality,examples of the legacy of the settlement programme.

At the outbreak of World War II, the settlement scheme was suspended. This was due to the necessity of increasing food production; thus, favour was given to those who already had horticultural skills.

Following the war, the Land Settlement Association scheme was incorporated into a County Council scheme, which was to provide small-holdings designed as a first step for people going into agricultural production.

In 1983, the scheme came to an end, and the properties were privatised.

If you're looking to get outside for some fresh air, and fancy visiting Newbourne, the Newbourne Pub Walk is dog friendly, with pubs en route, which passes through picturesque farmland and the woodland of the Newbourne Springs Nature Reserve.

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