Have you ever thought about growing your own fruit and vegetables but lack the space in your own garden? The Council manages two allotment sites in the town on Marshall Close and Manchester Drive, which are beloved by green fingers of all ages. The benefits of having an allotment plot are enormous and the sites offer a haven of tranquillity amongst the busy world around.
Both sites have their own Allotment Societies to allow all members voices to be heard and for any concerns to be raised. Quarterly meetings are also held within the Council and the sites are managed by our administration team.
If you are interested in renting your own allotment, please contact the Council on 01702 716288.
For a wax lyrical view on allotment life, read Ray Morgan's blog here.
ALLOTMENT HOLDERS MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE FROM https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/
Following the Government announcement that the country is to enter a further lockdown period, the Council is working to support plot-holders and associations so that they can continue to work their plots and attend to their site responsibilities in a safe and secure manner during the pandemic. We know how important this outlet is for you all and the community spirit that exists on the allotments continues to be vitally important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.
Please remember to carry on using social distancing and taking hygiene precautions when visiting your allotment site and touching communal surfaces. Plot-holders over 70 years of age, regardless of general health are particularly vulnerable. It may feel safe on an allotment site but there are still risks.
During the current lockdown you can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
If you break the rules: The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
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Q & A On Allotments and Social Distancing
Protect yourself and your family
Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?
Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis. However, social activities on site must cease and you can only visit once a day;
Can I visit the allotment with my family and friends?
You can use your plot to exercise once a day along with members of your household, your support bubble or one other person- you must not use the allotment site as an excuse to socialise.
If you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified to your allotment society committee so that they can authorise and are aware of who is on site. It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this lockdown. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.
Can I drive to my plot? Yes, it is permissible to travel to access local green space to exercise.
How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?
I am self-isolating or shielding and cannot go to the allotment and worried about losing my plot, what should I do?
Please make sure that you inform the Council or Allotment Association that you are unable to visit the site, preferably in writing, so that we can make allowances for your situation.
Follow the link below to view the rents for the various sites and plot sizes. All rents are charged annually, with invoices being sent in October.
Please note as of 7th August 2019, a deposit for an allotment key will be £6.00. Anyone returning a key who paid a deposit prior to this date will just receive their £5.00 paid.
We ask all our tenants to sign our Tenancy Agreement and adhere to the Council rules whilst using their Allotment site. These are put in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users.
Tenancy Agreement - The Tenancy Agreement is currently being revised. Please contact the office for any copy pending revision
N.B. With effect from 11th February 2020 tenants must not burn any material in any form on the allotment sites. Bonfires and braziers/incinerators are not permitted on any allotment site. The use of a BBQ is not permitted without prior written consent from the Council for a particular occasion.
The Council wish to ensure the safety of anyone using or visiting the allotments and ask that all tenants familiarise themselves with our Health & Safety Policy.
Bee Keeping is allowed within the Allotments but the Council has a strict policy regarding this to ensure the safety of all users. Please read our Bee Keeping Policy for more information.Bee Keeping Policy
Sadly sometimes things go wrong between tenants and the Council will do its utmost to assist by following a mediation procedure.
Manchester Drive Allotments is our largest allotment site with a total of 329 plots across 2 sites. The site has its own Allotment Society which assist in the running of the Allotment. Manchester Drive Allotment Society (MDAS) collects rent on behalf of the Council, undertakes self-improvement works and maintenance, and runs their own on-site shop and meeting room. In recent years the Society, in conjunction with the Council has worked to improve the sites security with new fencing along the northern boundary.
Aeriel views of the Manchester Drive Allotments. The plots can be accessed via a main and secondary entrance on Manchester Drive and via the gate in Randolph Close.
Marshall Close Allotments is made up of 10 plots, it is also run by its own society. Unfortuntely there are no available plots for this site at present.
Aeriel view of Marshall Close's 10 plots.