An allotment is an area of land which is rented on a yearly basis to local residents and community groups.
The purpose of an allotment is to grow your own food, whether that is fruit, herbs or vegetables. Flowers can be grown on an allotment but they are mostly for growing edible crops. Some allotment sites also allow tenants to keep chicken and other livestock.
The overall size of an allotment plot also varies depending where you are in the country. Plots are measured in rods also called perches or poles. This is an old measurement which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. Plots are usually 10 rods, the equivalent of 250 square metres. Tenants rent plots on a yearly basis. Rents vary throughout the country, the average is £50 a year.
Sites are either owned by the local authority or from private landlords. Local authority sites are either classed as temporary sites or statutory sites. Statutory sites are protected by law.
Finding an Allotment
To apply for an allotment plot contact your local authority who will have a list of both authority and private landlords. If you search the internet you will find local authority sites usually under their ‘Parks & Leisure’ departments.