The history of allotments and the people behind them is to be unearthed in a new book.
The Batley and Birstall Civic Society secured a £6,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for the project.
Called A Growing Affair, it will explore the use of allotments from 1950 to the current day and look at plots across North Kirklees.
Anne Dickinson, of the civic society, said: “We secured the funding with the overall aim of helping to renew interest in allotments.
“Last year the weather was appalling and a number of allotment owners did not renew their leases.
“Whatever they tried to grow flunked and a lot of plots have been left vacant.”
The project has also drummed up support from keen gardeners.
George Blackburn, of White Lee Road, Batley, has been recruited as an advisor.
The 74-year-old has grown everything from cabbage to cauliflower from a plot off Chapel Lane, Heckmondwike, for the last 17 years.
George said: “I have had my allotment for a long time and I still enjoy growing my own stuff.”
Often regarded as a hobby for old men in sheds, Anne is keen to show there is much more to keeping an allotment.
She said: “It is healthy to get people out and it is enjoyable when you have grown your own stuff.
“Some people assume it is individual people with individual plots but it is not like that at all.
“There is a great comradeship between plot owners and it helps generate a good community spirit.”