List of local authority owned allotments


We decided to look at each county in England and Wales and see how many allotments the local authorities owned and ran. As the last full survey of allotments was carried out in 1996 we thought it was about time the statistics were updated. Also, we were keen to see if the austerity measures that many local councils have experienced have impacted on allotments.

The WhatShed.co.uk National allotment survey is currently IN PROGRESS and we are still updating and collecting the data. The map you see below shows the latest data gathered and will be updated as new data becomes available. We are currently contacting all local allotment associations and town and parish councils to help further complete the data we are missing. If you can supply any data to help update the list or you think some data we have is incorrect please contact us so we can correct it.

Here’s a map showing how many local authority-owned allotments are in England and Wales.

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Just in case your geography isn’t too hot, here’s the list. And to save you counting, Greater London tops the list followed by Tyne and WearWest Midlands, and then West Yorkshire.

Summary of allotments in England and Wales sorted by County

County & Council Name   Authorities responsible for allotments Total Number Allotment Sites
BEDFORDSHIRE Borough + Unitary Authority 24
Bedford Borough Council Borough 5
Luton Borough Council Borough 15
Central Bedfordshire Council Unitary Authority 4
 BERKSHIRE Borough + Parish 53+
Bracknell Forest Borough Council Borough 8
Reading Borough Council Borough 20
Slough Borough Council Borough 12
Wokingham Borough Council Borough 4
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Borough 9
West Berkshire Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
BRISTOL Unitary Authority 112
Bristol City Council Unitary Authority 112
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE District + Parish 32+
Buckinghamshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Chiltern District Council District 17
South Buckinghamshire District Council District ?
Wycombe District Council District 8
Aylesbury Vale District Council District 7
Milton Keynes District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
CAMBRIDGESHIRE District, Unitary Authority + Parish 30+
Cambridgeshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Cambridge City District Council District 8
Peterborough City Council Unitary Authority 22
East Cambridgeshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Fenland District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Huntingdonshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
South Cambridgeshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
CHESHIRE Unitary Authority, Borough + Parish 62
Halton Borough Council Borough 14
Warrington Borough Council Borough 7
Cheshire East Council Unitary Authority + Parish Councils 25
Cheshire West and Chester Council Unitary Authority + Parish Councils 16
CORNWALL Unitary Authority + Parish 10
Cornwall Council Unitary Authority + Parish Councils 6
Isles of Scilly Local Community Only 4
COUNTY DURHAM Borough, Parish + Community 207
Durham County Council County + Community 159
Hartlepool Borough Council Borough 16
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Borough + Community 12
Darlington Borough Council Borough + Parish 20
CUMBRIA Borough, District, Parish + Community 116+
Cumbria County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Carlisle City District Council District 67
South Lakeland District Council District + Parish 25
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council Borough 17
Copeland Borough Council Borough + Parish 1+
Eden District Council Devolved to Parish councils + Community 6
Allerdale Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
DERBYSHIRE Borough, District, Parish + Community 96+
Derbyshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Derbyshire Dales District Council District + Parish + Community 11
Erewash Borough Council Borough 12
High Peak Borough Council Borough 12
Derbyshire City Council Unitary Authority 29
North East Derbyshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
South Derbyshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils 8
Chesterfield Borough Council Devolved to Parish Council + Community 24
DEVON District + Unitary Authority + Parish + Community 127+
Devon County Council Devolved to other councils 0
East Devon District Council District 3
Exeter City District Council District 27
North Devon District Council District + Parish 2+
Plymouth City Council Unitary Authority 37
Torbay Council Unitary Authority + Parish + Community 14
South Hams District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Teignbridge District Council Devolved to Parish councils 22
Torridge District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
West Devon Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Mid Devon District Council Devolved to Parish councils 22?
DORSET Borough + Parish + Community 30+
Dorset County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Borough 10
Borough of Poole Borough 8
Christchurch Borough Council Borough 5
Bournemouth Borough Council Borough + Community 7
East Dorset District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
North Dorset District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Purbeck District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
West Dorset District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
EAST SUSSEX District + Borough + Unitary Authority + Parish 57+
East Sussex County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Lewes District Council District 6
Rother District Council District + Parish 10+
Hastings Borough Council Borough 10
Eastbourne Borough Council Borough + Parish 6+
Brighton and Hove City Council Unitary Authority 25
Wealden District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
ESSEX Borough + District + Parish + Community 137+
Essex County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Uttlesford District Council District 8
Braintree District Council District 11
Harlow District Council District + Community 34
Chelmsford Borough Council Borough 23
Colchester Borough Council Borough 19
Thurrock Borough Council Borough 2
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Borough + Community 14
Basildon Borough Council Borough + Community 7
Brentwood Borough Council Borough + Community 13
Castlepoint Borough Council Borough + Community 6
Tendring District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Epping Forest District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Maldon District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Rochford District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Unitary Authority + District + Borough + Parish 42+
Gloucester County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Cotswolds District Council District + Parish 14+
Teweksbury Borough Council Borough 2
Cheltenham Borough Council Borough 17
South Gloucestershire Council Unitary Authority 9
Stroud District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Forest of Dean District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Gloucester City District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
GREATER MANCHESTER Metropolitan Borough 247
Manchester City Council Metropolitan Borough 41
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 20
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 25
Salford City Council Metropolitan Borough 11
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 37
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 20
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 33
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 35
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 37
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 20
GREATER LONDON Borough + Unitary Authority 720
Kingston-Upon-Hull City Council Unitary Authority 21
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Borough 16
London Borough of Barnet Borough 45
London Borough of Bexley Borough 35
London Borough of Brent Borough 22
London Borough of Bromley Borough 52
London Borough of Camden Borough 4
London Borough of Croydon Borough 17
London Borough of Ealing Borough 60
London Borough of Enfield Borough 27
London Borough of Hackney Borough 9
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Borough 2
London Borough of Haringey Borough 27
London Borough of Harrow Borough 32
London Borough of Havering Borough 26
London Borough of Hillingdon Borough 35
London Borough of Hounslow Borough 28
London Borough of Islington Borough 4
London Borough of Lambeth Borough 55
London Borough of Lewisham Borough 36
London Borough of Merton Borough 17
London Borough of Newham Borough 8
London Borough of Redbridge Borough 24
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Borough 23
London Borough of Southwark Borough 19
London Borough of Sutton Borough 32
London Borough of Tower Hamlets Borough 6
London Borough of Waltham Forest Borough 38
London Borough of Wandsworth Borough 10
CITY OF LONDON Community 1
City Of London Community 1
HAMPSHIRE Borough + Unitary Authority +Parish + Community 90+
Hampshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Winchester City District Council District 14
Eastleigh Borough Council Borough 7
Gosport Borough Council Borough 10
Rushmoor Borough Council Borough 9
Havant Borough Council Borough 4
Portsmouth City Council Unitary Authority 9
Southampton City Council Unitary Authority 25
Hart District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
New Forest District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
East Hampshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Test Valley Borough Council Community ?
Fareham Borough Council Community 14
HEREFORDSHIRE Parish ?
Herefordshire County Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
HERTFORDSHIRE District + Borough + Parish + Community 168+
Hertfordshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
North Hertfordshire District Council District 11
St Albans City and District Council District 11
Welwyn Hatfield Council District 46
East Hertfordshire District Council District + Parish 20
Hertsmere Borough Council Borough 5
Stevenage Borough Council Borough 16
Watford Borough Council Borough 12
Borough of Broxbourne Borough 15
Dacorum Borough Council Borough 16
Three Rivers District Council Devolved to Parish councils + Community 16
ISLE OF WIGHT Unitary Authority 5
Isle Of Wight Council Unitary Authority 5
KENT Borough + District + Unitary Authority + Parish 122+
Kent County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Thanet District Council District 5
Dover District Council District 10
Swale Borough Council Borough 14
Ashford Borough Council Borough 12
Canterbury City Council Borough 14
Dartford Borough Council Borough 14
Gravesham Borough Council Borough 14
Maidstone Borough Council Borough 11
Medway Council Unitary Authority 28
Sevenoaks District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
LANCASHIRE Borough + District + Parish + Community 105+
Lancashire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Preston City Council District 8
Lancaster City Council District 11
South Ribble Borough Council Borough 4
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Borough 9
Blackpool Borough Council Borough 10
Burnley Borough Council Borough 11
Chorley Borough Council Borough 10
Hyndburn Borough Council Borough 22
Pendle Borough Council Borough 2
Rossendale Borough Council Borough 5
West Lancashire Borough Council Borough 8
Wyre Borough Council Borough 3
Fylde Borough Council Borough + Community 2
Ribble Valley Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
LEICESTERSHIRE District + Borough + Unitary Authority + Parish 83+
Leicestershire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Harborough District Council District 6
North West Leicestershire District Council District 12
Oadby and Wigston District Council District 4
Charnwood Borough Council Borough 9
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Borough 6
Melton Borough Council Borough 3
Leicester City Council Unitary Authority 43
Blaby District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
LINCOLNSHIRE District + Borough + Unitary Authority + Parish 40+
Lincolnshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
South Holland District Council District 2
City of Lincoln Council District 17
Boston Borough Council Borough 9
North East Lincolnshire Council Unitary Authority 7
North Lincolnshire Council Unitary Authority 5
South Kesteven District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
East Lindsey District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
North Kesteven District Council Devolved to Parish councils 0
West Lindsey District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
MERSEYSIDE Metropolitan Borough + District + Borough 87
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 7
Liverpool City Council Metropolitan District 25
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 15
Wirral Borough Council Borough 40
NORFOLK District + Borough + Parish 61+
Norfolk County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Broadland District Council District 22
Norwich City Council District 18
Great Yarmouth Borough Council Borough 16
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Borough 5
South Norfolk District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
North Norfolk District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Breckland District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Borough + District + Parish 95+
Northamptonshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Daventry District Council District 4
East Northamptonshire Council District 34
Kettering Borough Council Borough 16
Northampton Borough Council Borough 17
Wellingborough Borough Council Borough 18
Corby Borough Council Borough 6
South Northamptonshire Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
NORTHUMBERLAND Parish ?
Northumberland County Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE District + Borough + Parish 70
Nottinghamshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Ashfield District Council District 17
Mansfield District Council District 14
Nottingham City Council District 15
Broxtowe Borough Council Borough 8
Gedling Borough Council Borough 3
Rushcliffe Borough Council Borough 13
Bassetlaw District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
OXFORDSHIRE District + Parish 20+
Oxfordshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Oxford City Council District 20
South Oxfordshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Cherwell District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Vale of White Horse District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
West Oxfordshire District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
RUTLAND Parish ?
Rutland County Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
SHROPSHIRE Unitary Authority 13
Shropshire Council Unitary Authority 11
Telford & Wrekin Council Unitary Authority 2
SOMERSET District + Borough + Unitary Authority + Parish 70+
Somerset County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Sedgemoor District Council District 10
South Somerset District Council District 4
Taunton Deane Borough Council Borough 32
Bath and North East Somerset Council Unitary Authority 24
West Somerset District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Mendip District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
North Somerset Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
STAFFORDSHIRE District + Unitary Authority + Parish + Community 108+
Staffordshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Cannock Chase District Council District 7
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council District 10
Lichfield District Council District 5
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council District 6
Stoke-on-Trent City Council Unitary Authority 80
East Staffordshire Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
South Staffordshire Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Stafford Borough Council Community ?
Tamworth Borough Council Community ?
SUFFOLK Borough + Parish 16+
Suffolk County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Ipswich Borough Council Borough 16
Babergh District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Forest Heath District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Mid Suffolk District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
St Edmundsbury Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Suffolk Coastal District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
Waveney District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
SURREY District + Borough + Parish 120+
Surrey County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Mole Valley District Council District 10
Tandridge District Council District 8
Spelthorne Borough Council Borough 13
Elmbridge Borough Council Borough 17
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Borough 12
Guildford Borough Council Borough 14
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Borough 25
Runnymede Borough Council Borough 12
Woking Borough Council Borough 9
Waverley Borough Council Borough + Parish 1+
Surrey Heath Borough Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
TYNE AND WEAR Metropolitan Borough 291
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 53
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council Metropolitan Borough 62
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 58
South Tyneside Council Metropolitan Borough 27
Sunderland City Council Metropolitan Borough 91
WARWICKSHIRE District + Borough + Parish 53+
Warwickshire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Warwick District Council District 21
North Warwickshire Borough Council Borough 19
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Borough 4
Rugby Borough Council Borough 9
Stratford-on-Avon District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
WEST MIDLANDS Metropolitan Borough 267
Birmingham City Council Metropolitan Borough 113
Coventry City Council Metropolitan Borough 0
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 29
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 40
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 20
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Metropolitan Borough 34
Wolverhampton City Council Metropolitan Borough 31
WEST SUSSEX District + Borough 66
West Sussex County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Adur District Council District 14
Arun District Council District 4
Chichester City District Council District 7
Horsham District Council District 11
Mid Sussex District Council District 2
Adur and Worthing Borough Council Borough 8
Crawley Borough Council Borough 20
WILTSHIRE Borough + Unitary Authority 29
Swindon Borough Council Borough 25
Wiltshire Council Unitary Authority 4
WORCESTERSHIRE District + Borough 92
Worcestershire County Council Devolved to other councils 0
Bromsgrove District Council District 8
Malvern Hills District Council District 2
Worcester City Council District 25
Wychavon District Council District 34
Wyre Forest District Council District 9
Redditch Borough Council Borough 14
WEST YORKSHIRE Borough + District 170
Bradford District Council District 4
Wakefield District Council District 59
Kirklees Borough Council Borough 100
Calderdale Borough Council Borough 7
SOUTH YORKSHIRE Borough 111
Doncaster Borough Council Borough 45
Barnsley Borough Council Borough 26
Sheffield City Borough Council Borough 20
Rotherham Borough Council Borough 20
NORTH YORKSHIRE Borough, District + Parish 95
Craven District Council District 21
City Of York District Council District 16
Selby District Council District 5
Rydale District Council District 0
Harrogate Borough Council Borough 26
Sefton Borough Council Borough 14
Middlesbrough Borough Council Borough 8
Scarborough Borough Council Borough 5
Hambleton District Council Devolved to Parish councils ?
EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE Unitary Authority 4
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Unitary Authority 4
WALES 367
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Town 0
Bridgend County Borough Council County Borough 19
Caerphilly County Borough Council County Borough 86
City of Cardiff Council City Council 28
Carmarthenshire County Council County 2
Ceredigion County Council County 4
Conwy County Borough Council County Borough 12
Denbighshire County Council County 5
Flintshire County Council County 11
Gwynedd County Council County 11
Isle of Anglesey County Council Parish & Town 0
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council County Borough 8
Monmouthshire County Council County 2
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council County Borough 5
Newport City Council City Council 22
Pembrokeshire County Council County 13
Powys County Council County 10
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Borough 58
City and County of Swansea Council City Council 16
Torfaen County Borough Council County Borough 41
Vale of Glamorgan Council Unitary Authority 10
Wrexham County Borough Council Borough 4

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  • John Perry said...

    Can you check on rents as we pay the highest at £117 for a 10m x 30m plot, that,ll make a good survey.

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    • Richard said...

      Hi John, thanks for the tips. We are planning on doing a full questionnaire to all UK allotment holders and I think asking what rents they pay would be a good question.

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  • John Perry said...

    We have 184 plots on site, located approx. 2mile from golden beaches also a vibrant and growing Facebook following. We have a small shop onsite. The plotholders are a mix of all nationalities, status and lots of new younger families with children this creates a family spirit throughout the whole site.
    The site has an ancient right of way running through it. Northfield is council owned and we pay rent, there is an accompanied site inspection once a month with a council Allotment rep. Hope this helps with your efforts.

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  • Eileen Young said...

    Interesting stuff, I will share with the rest of the team.

    It says in the chart there are only 4 allotment sites in Nuneaton, There are more sites than that,

    We would be happy to participate on any survey and sharing of information

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    • Richard said...

      Thanks Eileen, we will drop you and email so we can update the Nuneaton numbers.

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  • Jacqui Thurgood said...

    I have an allotment in Harlow, and it is interesting that a total of 34 allotment sites is listed. I know of several of these nearby that have been completely left to abandonment, not being let, and wonder if it is the start of selling them off as housing areas. The council are extremely slow to let plots when they become available, as we know from experience on our site, so perhaps there are more closures planned.

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  • Clare Stimson said...

    I have an allotment in Great Massingham, in Kings Lynn & West Norfolk BC. My allotment is through the Parish Council, and I believe many in the borough. There are definitely more than 5 sites. There’s also some owned by the local Housing Association, Freebridge.

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    • Richard said...

      Thanks for commenting Clare, finding out all the allotments that are managed on a Town or Parish Council level is a little more tricky hence reaching out to the allotment community to help clarify things. The data we are using for King’s Lynn comes direct from https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20066/allotments/586/find_your_nearest_allotment The figure for King’s Lynn could more accurately be 11. The whole survey is still in progress so we will update all the numbers as they come in. When the numbers are as complete as possible I think we will mark them as green in the table and add some notes explaining how each number was arrived at.

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  • Colin Saunderson said...

    Hill Rise Allotments are on land either owned by the town council (roughly 170 plots) or rented from the District Council (another 50 plots) The soil is heavy clay and, as the name indicates, on top of a hill so susceptible at times to strong winds. HRAA have a plot with compounds for compost or soil improver, manure and, at times, wood chips. We account for about 40% of the plots. There is usually a waiting list for plots.
    Huntingdon Town Council have four sites and are quite supportive.
    Hemingford Grey have 24 plots on a field that I think the parish council own. in 1975 we had to overthrow the parish council at the ballot box to get allotments.
    Earith have 40 plots on land owned or rented by the PC.
    Fenstanton land is owned by the church. Don’t know the number but could find out.

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  • Colin Saunderson said...

    Further comment on Godmanchester.
    There are 90 plots and rent is payable to the town council.
    The site is divided by a road. The local association have steel containers in which are stored chemicals and other requisites for sale to members as is manure,

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  • Mike Birks said...

    At Middlezoy, Somerset we have managed to keep rents low at current £35/year and an overall payment of £400/ year for 36 plots this is due to very reasonable rent from the land owner and low running costs. Our rent is paid through the Parish Council which helps to guarantee payment to the owner.
    Good information on this site

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    • Richard said...

      Thanks for the information Mike. Its quite hard to drill down to the Parish level and get all the data so this sort of information is really helpful.

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  • Wheelbarrowlady said...

    I believe we are in a fortunate position at this moment with our local authority being able to bid for some funding from the Community Levy infrastructure funds. We have an active townwide allotment Forum and each site has a representative, most of whom belong to the working group which work with the local Council to form strategies to get the best for allotments. We have recently worked hard to introduce a new set of rules, robust enough to deal with most situations and also a tighter procedure to ensure allotments are not left abandoned for lengthy periods ( we have a long waiting list). We have also discussed water provision and methods of conserving water ( watering crops with a hose is no longer permitted, with our complete agreement).
    Our Forum was originally formed to counteract the selling off of allotment land for housing, which was done as there was no active opposition at that time. Since our formation no further sites have been sold.
    We have a thriving seed and sundries sales shed on one site and it enables us to buy items at very reasonable prices and obtain horticultural grade products ( not as easily obtained buy individuals).

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  • Mike Peverill said...

    Hi, this looks really interesting and useful. A couple of thoughts spring to mind – although the numbers given provide a useful overview and insight, the number of direct let council allotment sites doesn’t tell the full story. The number of actual plots and/or total area of the sites would help give a more complete picture along with similar data for leasehold sites (and even private sites).

    It would also be fab to have such data on a GIS type mapping tool so it can be more easily visualised and interrogated. There’s some useful data and interpretation in this Nottingham City Council 2014 report: https://committee.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/documents/s9711/allotmentsreviewreport.pdf

    Your total number on the map of 4,921 is presumably allotment sites rather than allotments? The report above indicates that there’s a total of around 3,450 allotments in Nottingham alone (670 of which are on one 75 acre site), hence the total number for England & Wales would presumably be in the tens or hundreds of thousands?
    Thanks

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    • Richard said...

      Hi Mike, Its funny you talk about the number of plots and it been a more useful stat. We do have that data for a lot of the Local Authorities but not all openly display this data. As such we only have plot numbers for about half the Local Authorities at the moment. As we get a more complete set of data we will also publish this data on the site. We can say with certainty that the total number of plots is in the hundreds of thousands.

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  • Chris Thorp said...

    There are 25 Council owned sites in Worcester, of which two are fully self-managed paying the Council a rent for the sites. There are also a small number of privately owned or parish managed site. The other 23 Council sites, containing some 900 plots or so, have elected Site Reps who together make of the Allotment Forum. The Forum meets monthly and works with the Council to deliver the best allotments experience for all that can be managed. It acts as the primary communications channel feeding plotholder concerns & issues to the Council for action, and helping formulate Council policies, rules, agreeing the annual Rent in a 5 Year Plan, etc. The Forum has its own Constitution to help bring consistency to how it operates. Individual Plotholders rent their plots directly from the Council, which is responsible for all legal and financial matters, though some sites have an on-site ‘association’ to help develop and manage the site on day-to-day matters.

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    • Richard said...

      Thanks for the information Chris.

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  • Martyn Dowsett said...

    Capel St Mary In Suffolk has an allotment site, the local Parish Council are responsible but management has been devolved to the Caple St Mary Allotments Association. I can provide or obtain any information you require.

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  • Sarah Holmes said...

    This is a really useful blog post. Thank you

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