Allotments are available to everybody. There are approximately 240 plots spread over the following six sites throughout the borough:
- Jason Street, Newcastle
- Black Bank, Knutton
- Dimsdale Allotments
- Basford Allotments
- Thistleberry Allotments
- Lyme Valley, Clayton
A standard plot measures approximately 180 square metres.
Applying for an allotment
For information about allotments and lettings or to add your name to the allotments waiting list please complete our online form.
Allotment Dos and Don'ts
- Keep the plot cultivated at all times and free from weeds and in a clean and tidy condition.
- Keep rubbish to a minimum
- Keep paths between your plot and your neighbours in tidy condition
- Pay your rent on time
- Keep gates locked on site at all times
- Keep equipment away from access routes and locked up when not in use
- Contact the allotment officer if you wish to change address, site or vacate your plot
- Get involved in the allotment forum or working party if you wish
- Enjoy your allotment and the produce you grow.
- Erect sheds or other constructions without prior approval
- Light bonfires unless during allotted times
- Plant trees on allotment sites
- Use your allotment for business or retail purposes
- Bring domestic refuse onto allotment sites
- Leave chemicals in allotment sheds, keep them at home in a safe place.
How much does an allotment site cost?
All plots are now calculated per square metre. An average full plot will cost approximately £80 per year. There is a 20 per cent concession for 60+ and the unemployed. Proof will need to be provided.
A beginners guide to owning an allotment
Your allotment can provide you with a bountiful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, a healthy outdoor pursuit that will keep you fit and well and a green space where you can relax away from the pressures of everyday life to enjoy fresh air and exercise. Fresh fruit and vegetables are important, and fresh, homegrown produce invariably tastes much better than the produce available in the shops, and is often much cheaper than in the supermarkets.
Taking on an allotment will take a lot of commitment and you will need to spend a couple of hours a week tending to it. Consider how much time and money you have to spend on it and what help and resources will you need.
Follow these useful tips:
Adapt the allotment to your gardening ability and the amount of time you have available to spend on it.
- Digging soil is hard work – do a little, often, to avoid injury
- In a neglected plot the soil will need to be dug over thoroughly as this loosens the earth, letting air and moisture in
- Remove weeds regularly. You may need to use hedge strimmers for brambles and stubborn weeds
- Large leafed crops such as potatoes, courgettes and runner beans will help to smother weeds
- The best time for digging is autumn or early winter. Dig in compost or manure to help break it down over the winter.
Last updated 01 May 2019