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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 the next plot holder with your problems.

The first step is to inform the site secretary of your intention to leave. Simply not going back and naturally letting your tenancy run out is not the correct procedure. Write to the secretary, you don’t have to explain why you are leaving, just state that you are giving up your plot and a date when this will happen.

There maybe a few tools or plants you’ll want to keep, anything you want remove as soon as possible. Once the site knows that an allotment has been given up, it’s surprising how quickly other plots holders can recycle your unwanted items. If you have any allotment friends on the site, invite them to your plot and see if there is anything they could use, especially plants.

Remember, one day in the future you many want to return so leave on good terms. Make sure your plot is free of rubbish and cut down any weeds or grass. It’s a good idea to take a photograph on the day you leave. If there are any issues once you’ve left then you have a record of how you left the plot.

In Brief

  • Inform the Site Secretary in writing
  • Remove any items you wish to keep
  • Give away any items/plants you plan to leave behind
  • Tidy the plot so it’s free of rubbish
  • Cut down any weeds/grass
  • Take photographs just before you leave

About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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  1. norman&maxine dodds

    good luck on the railway garden sean looking forward to following your progress .norman

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