The Town Council provides over 140 allotments at its Prospect Allotment site, off Prospect Crescent. The plots are a variety of sizes ranging from 3.25 rods (approximately 80 square metres) to 15.75 rods (approximately 400 square metres).
When allocated an allotment the new tenant signs a tenancy agreement which contains a number of clauses to ensure that the allotment is well cultivated and that no nuisance is caused to neighbouring plotholders. A copy of the regulations can be found here. A set of bonfire regulations are also in force and can be viewed here.
Currently allotment gardens are extremely popular and there is a lengthy waiting list with an average wait of approximately two years. Nevertheless there is a fairly regular turnover of plots and it is well worth putting your name down. To be added to the list, please either send a letter to the Town Hall, together with a copy of your current Council Tax bill as proof of permanent residency, or come to the Town Hall with your document and we will photocopy it for you and add your name to the waiting list.
An allotment association operates independently from the Town Council to represent the views of allotment holders and offer advice and guidance to its members. A membership application form can be downloaded here. The Town Council is also a member of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, an organisation dedicated to providing advice on allotment matters to both individual allotment holders and allotment providers alike. Further information can be found on its website www.nsalg.org.uk.
Allotment matters are discussed at meetings of the General Operations Committee and a copy of the relevant agenda papers and minutes can be found here.