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Get Growing - a tenant's guide to allotment success

Allotment inspections: how to pass with flying colours

Allotments are inspected regularly throughout the year. Your first inspection will be no sooner than three months after you take on your plot but it is important that you make the most of this time.

At the inspection, the allotments officer will want to see the following:

  • A clearly numbered plot, with markers for your plot boundary.
  • Weeds and long grass under control.
  • Cultivation: around 60% of your plot must be cropped – these crops need to be managed and ideally weed-free, but this can include tree and bush fruit as well as field crops.
  • Woody weeds under control. Brambles and long grass can overhang other plants and cause a hazard, meaning they need to be cut back.
  • A waste-free plot. Only bring materials on site that are needed for growing crops. As a rule, if you don’t really need it, don’t bring it!
  • A safe site. We will be checking that your plot is safe for you, for inspecting officers and anyone else who may visit your plot.