Abbots Langley Parish Council operates four allotment sites at Manor House, Jacketts Field, Kingsfield (behind The Compasses Pub) and Primrose Hill. Allotments are an important community resource, used by local residents year round to grow vegetables, soft fruits, and flowers.
Allotment gardening is enjoying a boom at the moment, people are more aware than ever about the origin and chemicals used in mass produced food, with an allotment you know exactly what has gone into the food on your table. But the responsibility of talking on an allotment should not be underestimated. Cultivating and maintaining an allotment takes time, commitment, enthusiasm and a fair amount of time and energy to start up and keep going.
There is always friendly advice available on our allotments sites, fellow holders will be able to tell you the best way to grow prize winning sprouts and five minutes later someone else will tell you how wrong that advice was and how you should really do it.
The Parish Council holds an Annual Allotment Prize Giving and also holds an Allotment Forum to discuss the management and ongoing development of our allotments. The Council appoints a volunteer Allotment Representative on each site. These representatives attend the Council’s Leisure Committee meetings and can bring issues, concerns and suggestions for discussion.
Renting an allotment
The Parish Council sets prices for full plots and half plots on a yearly basis. A full plot is 10 poles (250 sq meters) and a half plot is 5 poles (125 sq meters).
The allotment rental year runs from October to September. This means when plots become vacant at the end of a year the new allotment holder will take over in October and will have the winter to prepare their allotment for the new growing season.
All our allotments are currently rented out. Each year a few plots do become vacant so the Council operates a waiting list on a first come, first served basis.
If you are interested in renting an allotment then please contact the Council offices by phone, email to email@example.com or by using the allotment request form below. Please let us know if you have a preference for an allotment site or size.
The Council does not rent out plots below half a plot (5 poles) in size. Two or more people can get together to work an allotment, but the Council needs one contact that is responsible for the plot.
When a plot becomes available the Council will contact those on the waiting list in order received to make arrangements for a site visit to see if the vacant plot is suitable. If it is then an Allotment Tenancy Agreement will be signed and the annual rent charged. Once these have been completed then you are ready to start growing.