Allotments

Allotments in Derby

Get fit, eat well and make friends!

There are lots of advantages to allotment gardening. Gardening is an ideal form of exercise and many allotments provide a great habitat for wildlife.

Keeping an allotment gives you a chance to grow fresh, healthy food. There are also social, environmental and health benefits to having an allotment. 

How big is an allotment?

The standard plot size is 250 square metres or 300 square yards (30 yards long by 10 yards wide).

Some sites offer half-size plots or mini-plots if you think a standard plot is too big for you.

Ask the site secretary about what plot sizes their site has available.

How much does an allotment cost?

The cost of renting an allotment is different at each site as most sites in Derby are run by allotment associations who set their own rates. However, you can expect to pay between £25 to £50 a year for a full-sized plot.

Can I keep animals, such as chickens or bees, on my allotment?

The Council does not allow animals on the sites it owns. However, some privately-owned allotment sites in Derby do allow some types of animals. Check with the site secretary.

What should I consider before I decide on taking an allotment?

Before you take on an allotment, think about:

  • what you want to achieve?
  • how much time do you have?
  • where will you store your tools?
  • who will look after it when you go on holiday?

Once you have found an allotment contact the site secretary to arrange a visit.

You can ask lots of questions about:

  • what grows well
  • what facilities are available such as on site
  • stores and water points
  • toilet facilities
  • communal meeting rooms.

Do some gardening research

There's a huge selection of gardening books available at local libraries and there’s also plenty of free information available on the internet.

Make a plan

Whatever time of year you take on an allotment plot, you need to be prepared to do some work straight away. In the summer, this might be cutting back weeds or in winter digging the earth over. 

Allotment contact details

Site name and location

Contact details
Ashbourne Road Allotments, off Mackworth Road www.araa.org.uk, telephone: 07426 854569 or email:info@araa.org.uk
Borrowfield Allotments, off Nottingham Road Spondon 01332 669609
Bramfield Avenue Allotments 01332 292796
Brigden Avenue Allotments 07709 135519 or 07595 667745
Chaddesden Park Allotments, off Parkside Road 01332 834059
Craddock Avenue Allotments 01332 671519
Derwent Park Allotments, off Duffield Road 01332 609489 or 07813 333776
Field Lane Allotments (International Allotments) Telephone Rod Hayward: 01332 753616 or email:admin@internationalallotments.co.uk
Firs Estate Allotments, off Dean Street Visit: firsestateallotments.co.uk or telephone: 01332 365943
Glebe Gardens, off Porter Road 07592 186800
Kedleston Road Allotments 01332 557160
Little Chester Allotments, off Old Mansfield Road Visit: www.littlechesterallotments.org.uk or call 07973 543334
Littleover Lane Allotments Visit: www.littleoverlaneallotments.org.uk, 0845 4786352
Mackworth Allotment and Community Garden Contact us, please note the allotments are available to Mackworth Ward residents only
Markeaton Leisure Gardens, off Markeaton Street 07889 730022
Merrill Way Allotments 07866 935876
Mickleover Old Allotments, off Vicarage Road Contact us
Mill Dam Allotments, off Markeaton Street milldamallotments@gmail.com
Normanton Allotments, off Warwick Avenue 01332 512867
Nottingham Road Allotments, off Highfield Lane

Visit: e-voice.org.uk/highfieldlane 

email: ajohn.maynard@yahoo.co.uk or telephone: 07812 564708

Osmaston Park Allotments, off Oaktree Avenue 07815 651585
Rowditch Allotments, off Uttoxeter New Road 07989 546517
Shardlow Road Allotments, Alvaston Contact us
Sinfin Lane Allotments 07773 513960
Sinfin Moor Allotments, off Arleston Lane 01332 608293 or 07837400941
Spondon Horticultural Society, off Lousie Greaves Lane 01332 677483
Sunnydale Allotments, off Norman Avenue 01332 762092
Swiss Cottage Allotments, off Sandown Road Visit: e-voice.org.uk/swisscottage or telephone: 01332 572995
Vicarage Park Allotments, off Vicarage Road 01332 515669