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
|Ashbourne Road Allotments, off Mackworth Road||www.araa.org.uk, telephone: 07426 854569 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Borrowfield Allotments, off Nottingham Road Spondon||01332 669609|
|Bramfield Avenue Allotments||07579 002888|
|Brigden Avenue Allotments||07730 888531|
|Chaddesden Park Allotments, off Parkside Road||07434 756844|
|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:email@example.com|
|Firs Estate Allotments, off Dean Street||Visit: firsestateallotments.co.uk or telephone: 01332 365943|
|Glebe Gardens, off Porter Road||01332 348719|
|Kedleston Road Allotments||01332 557160|
|Little Chester Allotments, off Old Mansfield Road||Visit: www.littlechesterallotments.org.uk|
|Littleover Lane Allotments||Visit: www.littleoverlaneallotments.org.uk, 0845 4786352|
|Mackworth Allotment and Community Garden||Contact us,|
|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 Streetfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Normanton Allotments, off Warwick Avenue||07599 172052 or 07599 172060|
|Nottingham Road Allotments, off Highfield Lane||
email: email@example.com or telephone: 07812 564708
|Osmaston Park Allotments, off Oaktree Avenue||07815 651585|
|Rowditch Allotments, off Uttoxeter New Road||07910 304983|
|Shardlow Road Allotments, Alvaston||Contact us|
|Sinfin Lane Allotments||07773 513960|
|Sinfin Moor Allotments, off Arleston Lane||01332 608293 or 07771 767686|
|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|