Love gardening? Find out how to request a plot and report maintenance issues.
Allotment gardening provides a wide range of benefits to communities and the environment.
Hillingdon Council owns 35 allotment sites across the borough. The majority of allotment sites are managed directly by the council but 7 sites are fully self managing and run by allotment associations on behalf of the council.
A number of sites in Hillingdon are fully tenanted and prospective tenants will be asked to join a waiting list.
Allotments are not just important for good and low cost food production, although this is still important. They provide a valuable recreational opportunity involving healthy activity and social contacts - a way of life for many people, part of the urban culture. Allotments are a distinctive component of the borough's green spaces, significant to wildlife and to the urban landscape.
Prospective tenants should try to indicate what part of the borough they would like a plot in when requesting a plot.
The rent for an average-sized 5 sq rod (150 sq yds) plot costs £33.31 to rent and allotment prices range from £16.81 to £65.34 per year depending on plot size and what facilities are available at the site. Bills are sent in the post.
Plot holders aged 65 or over are granted free rent and there are concessionary rates for those registered disabled, or medically retired; those registered unemployed; those people receiving Income Support.
Nearly all the sites have water tanks, some have toilets, a few have sheds and lockers and others have a communal building with a trading hut to purchase seeds and sundries.
To start with you will need at least a digging fork and a spade. Don't rush to buy lots of new tools. A hoe, a rake, a small fork and a trowel will be necessary, as well as a watering-can. A communal wheelbarrow may be available on site.
If you have lost your gate key, we can provide a replacement key. We will try to ensure that a new key is issued within 10 working days. The plot holder will need to provide us with the name of the site they hold a plot at.
Occasionally allotment sites are targeted by vandals. If damage occurs to items such as fencing, gates, communal sheds and signs we will make every effort to repair or make safe as soon as possible. When reporting vandalised infrastructure please ensure we are provided with the name of the allotment site concerned. If plot holders find that they have had personal belongings vandalised (including items such as sheds and crops) they should report this to the police as soon as they possible can.
We try to ensure that all council managed allotment sites are maintained to a high standard. If a problem with a site is identified we will try to get a repair arranged as soon as possible. The most common repairs we carry out are rectifying leaks on water tanks, repairs to damaged gates and work to trees to ensure that they are safe.
We aim to cut the overgrown grass and vegetation on vacant plots once or twice a year. Grass cutting is carried out in summer and autumn. If plot holders have concerns about land not used for plots report it and we can take steps to address the situation.
We do not collect rubbish from allotment sites and plot holders are responsible for disposing of any waste that they may generate whilst working their plot. If waste is dumped on allotments, please let us know and we will take steps to get it removed and take enforcement action where possible. When reporting dumped rubbish please provide us with the name of the allotment and the location of the waste.
Yes there is a competition, however no entry is required. The judges visit all numbered plots twice a year (July and September). There are prizes for best sites and best individual plots.
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