Allotments are valuable green spaces and community assets that can help improve people's quality of life by promoting healthy food, exercise and community interaction.
The Council recognises the unique role of allotments as places which bring all sections of the community together.
They provide opportunities for people to grow their own produce and to meet new friends.
Public interest in allotments has grown in a recent revival and this has created a greater demand for allotment plots in St Albans.
Allotment Sites Toggle accordion
St Albans City and District Council operates 10 allotment sites in St Albans and 1 in Park Street. These allotment sites include:
- Burydell Lane Allotment Site
- Camp Allotment Site
- Camp 1 Allotment Site
- Cottonmill Allotment Site
- Cunningham Hill Allotment Site
- Folly Lane Allotment Site
- Nunnery 1 Allotment Site
- Nunnery 2 Allotment Site
- Sandridge Road Allotment Site
- Shirley Road Allotment Site
- Sopwell Mill Allotment Site
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From 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, the allotment rent charges are as follows:
|NORMAL COST||2019/20||2020/21||REDUCED COST||2019/20||2020/21|
|Price per Full Plot||£48.60||£49.58||Price per Full Plot reduced rate for Pensioners/low income groups||£24.30||£24.79|
|Price per Three Quarter Sized plot||£36.44||£37.17||Price per Three Quarter Sized Plot reduced rate for Pensioners/low income groups||£18.22||£18.58|
|Price per Half Plot||£24.30||£24.79||Price per Half Plot reduced rate for Pensioners/low income groups||£13.64||£13.91|
|Price per Quarter Sized Plot ***||£13.64||£13.91||Price per Quarter Sized Plot reduced rate for Pensioners/low income groups||£13.64||£13.91|
|One off admin charge for new tenants||£12.98||£13.24|
|*** A minimum invoice charge of £13.64 applies to all transactions and plot prices may vary (this fee applies to plot rental fees only).||£13.64||£13.91|
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Due to high demand, all of our allotment sites currently have a waiting list. Details can be found below for each site.
|Site Name||Number of Plots||Waiting List |
(as of 23/4/20)
|Average Waiting Time|
|Burydell Allotment Site||61||13||6 months|
|Camp Allotment Site||78||20||6 months|
|Camp 1 Allotment Site||47||14||14 months|
|Cottonmill Allotment Site||122||19||8 months|
|Cunningham Allotment Site||11||16||6.5 years|
|Folly Lane Allotment Site||82||68||4 years|
|Nunnery 1 Allotment Site||63||9||1 year|
|Nunnery 2 Allotment Site||45||14||10 months|
|Sandridge Road Allotment Site||199||45||9 months|
|Shirley Road Allotment Site||10||9||6 months|
|Sopwell Mill Allotment Site||45||3||3 months|
Criteria for applicants Toggle accordion
Applicants wishing to join the waiting list must:
- be a resident of the St Albans District or Park Street
- be 18 years or older
- only apply for the waiting list for one allotment site.
We strongly advise that you view the available plots before deciding to apply as they are taken on an "as seen" basis.
Due to the extremely high demand for allotments, the Council is currently restricting the number of plots to one full per household so we regret that you cannot currently go back on the list for additional plots.
Transferring to a different allotment site waiting list Toggle accordion
The Council may transfer people from one site waiting list to another, but only upon the instructions of the individual concerned. The transferral date will be the date that we are asked to make the change.
Application approval Toggle accordion
Once your application has been approved, we will write to you to confirm:
- which allotment site waiting list your name has been added to
- where you are on the waiting list
- approximately how long you can expect to wait.
Available plots Toggle accordion
Once an allotment plot becomes available at the site that you are waiting for, you will be sent information about the vacant plots and you will be given instructions on how to contact our site representative.
You will need to respond to this letter within 14 days, otherwise you will be removed from the waiting list.
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Allotment Rules and Strategy
Allotment Rules Toggle accordion
The current allotment rules were implemented on 1st April 2019.
Allotment Strategy Toggle accordion
The Allotment Strategy sets out the Councils’ aims and objectives for the allotment sites managed by Council over the next 5 years.
Are bonfires allowed on allotment sites? Toggle accordion
Bonfires are not permitted on allotment sites between 1 May and 30 September of each year. From 1 October to 30 April of each year, bonfires are only permitted on Tuesdays and Saturdays after 12pm.
For further details on the use of bonfires on allotment sites, see Section 3.4 of the St Albans Allotment Rules.
Are there allotment sites elsewhere in the District? Toggle accordion
The Town and Parish Councils within the District also operate their own allotment sites. If you would like further information about allotment sites where you live, please contact your local Town or Parish Council.
Can I add a second name to my allotment tenancy? Toggle accordion
A second name cannot be added to an allotment tenancy. A tenancy agreement is made between one named individual and the Council. When this agreement comes to an end or is terminated by either party, the plot would then be offered to the next person on the waiting list for that particular site. In exceptional circumstances, the Council may allocate the plot to an individual who has worked the plot with the named tenant. The Council will consider any such requests on a case by case basis and the Council's decision is final.
Can I compost green waste on my allotment plot? Toggle accordion
Yes, this is an excellent way of increasing the fertility of your plot. This allows all your vegetable material to be recycled and limits the amount of waste to be removed from the site.
Can I have more than one allotment plot? Toggle accordion
Due to the high demand for allotment plots, the Council has restricted the allocation of plots to one full per household.
Can I install a shed on my allotment plot? Toggle accordion
The council will give allotment tenants consent to install a non-permanent shed or greenhouse, measuring a maximum of 6 x 8 ft (for example, installed on paving slabs and not on a concrete base).
Please note that in some locations you may need to obtain planning permission, so it is advisable to contact the Council’s Planning Department to seek advice.
Do you have any hints or tips for new tenants? Toggle accordion
The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd has lots of useful information.
There are also plenty of books available and lots of expertise from other plot-holders, who are eager to share their knowledge.
If your site has an Allotment Association, it's well worth joining. It’s a great way to meet new people and take part in social events that they often organise throughout the year. See Allotment Associations.
How big is an allotment plot? Toggle accordion
Allotment plots vary in size, but most are around 125 to 250 square metres in size.
I currently have a half sized plot, is it possible to have a larger one? Toggle accordion
Yes, plot allocation is set at one full sized allotment plot per household. If you currently have a half plot and would like an additional half plot or want to move to a full sized plot, we will add you back on to the waiting list.
To be eligible to go back on to the waiting list you must meet the following criteria:
- must have been a tenant at the site for a minimum period of 12 months;
- must not have received any Non Cultivation letters or Notices to Quit from the Council within the previous 12 month period;
- must not currently hold more than one half sized plot;
- the named tenant must apply directly to the Council in writing or via email at email@example.com
Plots are offered on an “as-seen” basis.
I have lost my Allotment key, can I have a replacement? Toggle accordion
Yes, however there is a charge of £5.
Contact the Parks and Green Spaces team for further information on 01727 819366.
Where can I find St Albans District Council's Allotment Rules? Toggle accordion
The St Albans Allotment Rules can be viewed here.
What is the Council's Allotment Waiting List Policy? Toggle accordion
The Council’s Allotment Waiting List Policy can be viewed here.