In the year 1925 the local federations of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich under the protection of the acting government council and privy council Dr. Gustav Wenk founded the Swiss leisure garden federation called today “Schweizer Familiengärtnerverband.”
Today the Swiss allotment federation unifies approximately 230 leisure garden associations managing themselves with own statutes construction- and gardening regulations.
In order to stimulate the co-operation with the associations and the members, the federation was divided in 1974 in different regions: the French speaking part of Switzerland, Basel, Bern, the East part of Switzerland, Central Switzerland and Zurich.
23.500 families respectively individuals are members of the Swiss allotment federation.
The Swiss allotment federation does not administrate directly grounds taken on lease. 640 ha are taken on lease from the local authorities or other bodies and are administrated by the allotment garden associations.