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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 £40 to £70 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.
How do I enquire about available allotment plots?
You can contact the allotment sites directly and enquire, see the contact list below. Or you can complete the online enquiry form below and our parks team will reply.
Allotment contact details
Site name and location
|Ashbourne Road Allotments, off Mackworth Road||www.araa.org.uk, telephone: 01332 485018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Borrowfield Allotments, off Nottingham Road Spondon||Borrowfields@outlook.com|
|Bramfield Avenue Allotments||
Peter on 01332 365603 or email@example.com
|Brigden Avenue Allotments||07730 888531|
|Chaddesden Park Allotments, off Parkside Road|
|Craddock Avenue Allotments||Contact us|
|Derwent Park Allotments, off Duffield Road||01332 609489 or 07813 333776|
|Field Lane Allotments||No current availability.|
|Firs Estate Allotments, off Dean Street||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Glebe Gardens, off Porter Road||Email: email@example.com|
|Kedleston Road Allotments||01332 556066/07753 610755|
|Little Chester Allotments, off Old Mansfield Road||Visit: www.littlechesterallotments.org.uk|
|Littleover Lane Allotments||Visit: www.littleoverlaneallotments.org.uk|
|Mackworth Allotment and Community Garden||Contact us|
|Markeaton Leisure Gardens, off Markeaton Street|
|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||
|Nottingham Road Allotments, off Highfield Lane||
email: email@example.com or telephone: 07812 564708
|Osmaston Park Allotments, off Oaktree Avenuefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rowditch Allotments, off Uttoxeter New Road||07709 835633|
|Sinfin Lane Allotments||07773 513960|
|Sinfin Moor Allotments, off Arleston Lane|
|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: 07869 661523|
|Wilmorton Allotments, off Dickinson Street||Currently no availability|
|Vicarage Park Allotments, off Vicarage Road||01332 515669|