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Around the turn of the 1900th century associations for letting allotments to working-class families were established.

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During the First World War there were shortages of potatoes and other staple foods in the cities. In Stockholm the Council let Tanto be cultivated by working-class families, many of whom worked in the neighbouring sugar refinery.

The area was divided up into allotments. Initially people mostly grew potatoes and other vegetables but they later began to cultivate flowers and plants such as aconites, foxgloves, dog roses, rhu-barb, beetroot and broad beans.

In 1917 the allotment-holders organized themselves into an association and they then began to build simple shelters on their plots and later even small huts in which their families could spend the night during the summer. There were strict rules governing the size and appearance of the huts. For example they could only be painted red, yellow or white or else creosoted.

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