Our guide to owning an allotment

Taking on an allotment is a big commitment, and you will need to spend around 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.

We recommend that you adapt the allotment to your gardening ability and the amount of time you have available to spend on it.

Useful tips

Follow these useful tips: 

  • 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
  • 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


There are many benefits to owning an allotment:  

  • it can provide you with fresh fruit and vegetables
  • keeps you fit and active
  • creates a space where you can relax