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Tips on getting an Allotment

To be added to our waiting list, just click on Contact Us and complete your details. Our waiting list has approximately ten people on at any one time and the average waiting period is six months to one year. If you’re not in our area, then read on, the following information should help you find a plot or other growing space near you.

Getting an Allotment can be a daunting task in itself, contact your local Council, they will give you the details of all the Allotments in your area and the contact information for the relevant Allotment Societies. Contact them and ask to be added to the waiting list. Waiting lists can sometimes be as long as several years, so you may want to explore other options.

You could also look into starting your own Allotment group, if six or more people request Allotments in a local area, Council’s are obliged to at least attempt to provide or rent space for Allotments, put a post card in you local shop window, you may be surprised to find how many others in your locality are also keen to get on a plot.

Private Plots are becoming more popular as farmers, local companies and even private individuals with larger than average gardens open up some space for people to cultivate. Though these can be more expensive than Council Allotments, some people feel its worth it, at least in the short term to start growing. Many people are going as far as cancelling Gym Memberships to spend the money on a private plot instead, feeling the exercise benefits from working the plot, and health benefits from the fresh produce more than make up for the loss. Search online, ask at your local Garden Centre or your local Allotment Contact, chances are they can point you in the right direction.

Street Growing Schemes are also becoming increasingly popular, groups of people getting together to swap seeds, and grow in unusual areas.

Check out our links page for websites that offer more information on getting a plot.