Allotments

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Norwich has more than 1,850 allotment plots on 18 sites which are managed by our parks and open spaces team. Plots vary in size, and the standard sized plot is 125 square metres, with the potential to enlarge your plot to 250 square metres, subject to good cultivation.

While allotments must be used mainly for growing fruit and vegetables for your household there are many benefits to having an allotment.

  • They are a great way of ensuring you have fruit, vegetables and flowers all year round, which also means cutting down on your food miles.
  • By keeping hens, you can have your own supply of fresh eggs.
  • Gardening is a great form of exercise.

If you would like to know how to make a good start on your allotment then please read our new Get growing leaflet. You will also find further information on allotments and how the allotments service is run on our frequently asked questions.

How to apply for an allotment

Our new online waiting list application form is now up and running. You can browse information on our allotment sites and apply for the ideal site for you by following this link:

Apply for an allotment

If you need further information before you apply, have a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.
 

Pdf version of the form and waiting list: Allotment application form (327 Kb pdf)

Allotment inspections

The allotment officer makes regular inspections of all allotment plots. All inspections follow the allotment rules, however if you want to know more about the inspection process or how to respond to a notice please click here.

Allotment rule update

Following a successful consultation period, a number of allotment rules are being updated. Tenants will be sent these changes, along with advisory notes explaining how the rules work.

Become a site representative

We're looking for existing allotment holders to feed back site issues from tenants to the council and to help others get started on their plot. If you're interested in getting involved, find out more about becoming one of our site representatives.

Prices

The average cost is £36.25 a year for a 125 square metre plot. People eligible for the Go 4less scheme can receive a 50 per cent discount. An additional non refundable charge of £5 is added to your first allotment invoice to cover the cost of your allotment key.

Waiting list rules

We have recently changed the way we manage the waiting list. To find out more about how the waiting list works please click the link below:
 
Waiting list policy (11 Kb pdf)
 
Tenants with 125m2 plots who are maintaining them to a high standard can apply to extend their allotment without joining the waiting list. Find out how you can increase your growing space.

Allotment rules

The new allotment rules were developed with input from allotment associations, as well as the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners Limited and in consultation with all existing tenants. The aim of the revised rules is to help people understand their rights and responsibilities as well as the terms and conditions which apply to allotments.

Allotment rules. (103 Kb pdf)
Allotment rules - replacement page 5. (27.5 Kb pdf)

Enforcement of the rules

To find out more detail about the rules where enforcement will only be taken for new, rather than past, breaches and those which will be enforced at a later date, click the link below.

Allotment rule breaches (17.1 Kb pdf)

How and when to pay

Rent must be paid on or before 1 October each year.

We will write to you at least three weeks beforehand with notification of the rent due for the coming year and details of how it can be paid.

You can pay online here

Livestock

You may keep rabbits and hens (but not cockerels) on your allotment and you should inform us of your intention to do so, or let us know if you already have livestock there. You may also apply for permission to keep bees – permission is discretionary – and you must have a formal bee keeping qualification.

For more information please see:

Livestock registration form

To tell us about livestock you already have or your intention of keeping it, please download the Livestock registration form below. (If you are emailing the form to us, please save it to your computer before opening and completing it).

Livestock registration form (80 Kb Word)

Application form to keep bees

Download an application form for permission to keep bees at the link below. (If you are emailing the form to us, please save it to your computer before opening and completing it).

Application to keep bees (77.5 Kb Word)

You will need to provide us with two emergency contact numbers and in the case of bees those numbers must be displayed on your plot.

Completed forms can be emailed to info@norwich.gov.uk, posted or handed in to: Allotments, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH.

Structures

If you wish to install a structure on your plot, you must first get our permission to do so. It must comply with the conditions and regulations (see the Allotment rules 103 Kb pdf for this) and must be maintained to a reasonable condition.

Download an application form for permission to install a structure at the link below. (If you are emailing the form to us, please save it to your computer before opening and completing it).

Application form to erect a structure on an allotment (300 Kb pdf)

Your completed form can be emailed to info@norwich.gov.uk, posted or handed in to: Allotments, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH.

Bonfires

Bonfires can be used for garden waste that cannot be composted, but in such a way which does not create a nuisance for other people. For information about when you can have a bonfire see the guidance notes.

The Allotment Association

There is an allotment association based at Bluebell Allotments on The Avenues. For more information visit www.bluebellallotments.co.uk

Other sites with associations include, Mousehold South, Valpy Avenue, Elm Grove Lane and Cottage Farm.

Initiatives

Strong Roots, based on Bluebell North, is a therapeutic horticultural project which provides a safe and supportive environment that encourages participants’ personal development. It is run by Lucy Scurfield who has a great deal of experience in the therapeutic use of horticulture with vulnerable groups of people, including ex-offenders, adults with learning difficulties, those experiencing mental illness, asylum seekers and refugees. Contact Lucy Scurfield on 07746 364668 or email lucyscurfield@freeuk.com for further details.

Sustainable Living Initiative is a social enterprise that manages a community allotment scheme based at Bluebell Road South. Its volunteers support people to grow their own fruit and vegetables using organic methods. Regular plots (1.20 metres x 6.00 metres), young people's plots (1.20 metres x 1.20 metres) and wheelchair accessible plots (1.20 metres x 1.20 metres) are usually available. For more details about how to apply for a plot, or to join as a volunteer, please contact bluebell@grow-our-own.co.uk or visit www.grow-our-own.co.uk.

Contact details

If you would like more information about allotments please contact us.

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