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Get Growing - a tenant's guide to allotment success

Allotment etiquette

Looking after your allotment is a great way to meet new people, many of whom will have a wealth of knowledge about what to grow and how to grow it.

However, with over 1,800 plots across the city, there is also the potential for misunderstanding. Here are a few pointers to help you get off to a good start:

  1. Number your plot and always work to the plot boundary map provided.
  2. Get to know your neighbours and discuss any issues over boundaries, proposed fencing and new sheds or structures that might affect them.
  3. Keep your boundaries neat and tidy.
  4. Keep the weeds on your plot to a minimum and prune back trees that might shade your neighbours’ beds.
  5. Be aware that you are responsible for any visitors to your plot and are only allowed on your plot and the paths that lead to it. Noisy visitors and loud music can cause conflict, so please enjoy your allotment responsibly.
  6. Visit your allotment shop or introduce yourself to the association, if you have one. Some sites also have site representatives, who you can meet when you first take on your plot. If you have any issues to raise then get in touch with your representative. Site representatives and associations can pass on tenants’ issues to the council and also help the council keep tenants at the heart of their allotments service.