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Sean’s Allotment Guide

Everything from applying for an allotment through to harvesting.

What is an allotment?

Vivi's Allotment in May

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 …

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How to apply for an allotment?

allotment in summer

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. To apply for an allotment plot contact your local authority who will have a …

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Different types of Allotments

There is no set layout to an allotment. Traditionally the method was to have straight lines of plants, row after row, but in recent years allotments are become more of a mix for leisure and gardening. Visit your allotment at different times of day …

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7 Ways to Jump the Allotment Waiting List

It can be frustrating to be on a waiting list for an allotment, waiting year after year to fulfill your dreams of growing your own food. In some parts of London you can wait 25 years! The UK average is around 4 years. Here …

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Receiving a 28 Day Letter

Within the allotment world there is a phrase which puts fear into the heart of any gardener – the ’28 Day letter’. If you have been sent a 28 day letter it usually means that your plot isn’t meeting the standards of that allotment …

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Giving up an Allotment

So you’ve decided to give up your allotment. It’s not an easy decision to arrive at and for most people it can be because they have received a 28 day letter. Whatever the reasons, it is too easy to just walk away and leave …

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