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Allotments 

Introduction 

An allotment is an area of rented land where people can grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

They are particularly useful to people living in flats or houses with small gardens.

We have 13 allotment sites amounting to approximately 37.5 acres in total.


Allotment sizes 

Allotments are divided into:

  • 10 rod plots at 90 x 30 feet (27.5 x 9 metres)
  • 5 rod plots at 45 x 30 feet (13.75 x 9 metres)

Prices 

A 10 rod plot costs approximately £30 - £50 per year and varies according to the site and the available water supply.

A 5 rod plot costs about half of the above price.


How to rent an allotment 

The allotment sites in Barking and Dagenham are administered on behalf of us by a number of allotment societies.

Details of the allotment sites and the societies that look after them are listed on the Allotment locations page.

If you would like to rent an allotment, please contact Barking and Dagenham Direct on 020 8215 3000. We will then pass your details to the relevant allotment society who will make contact with you.


Good reasons for having an allotment: 

Healthy eating
There are a wide number of crops which can be grown on an allotment and these can be of a high quality and free of the unwanted chemical sprays and artificial methods associated with bulk commercial growing. Vegetables often taste better and can be picked and eaten fresh.

Good company
Many friends are made at an allotment, you can meet like minded people and you don't need to be an expert gardener to be successful.

Relaxation
The cultivation of crops and the tending of plots in general can be a very satisfying way to relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life.

With the introduction of new strains of fruit trees, apples, plums and even cherries may be grown on dwarfing stocks in a limited space. The growing of soft fruit for jam making, grape vines and a wide variety of flowers and herbs is also now possible.

Healthy exercise
Many people find allotment work quite vigorous and, as such, a useful and rewarding way of keeping fit and healthy.

Money savings
Allotment produce, in addition to being fresh, can normally be grown at a cheaper cost than equivalent shop goods.

Competitions
If you grow top quality crops you may wish to enter the annual allotments competition organised by us.


Frequently asked questions 

How big is a plot?
Allotments are divided into 10-rod plots at 90 x 30 feet (27.5 x 9 metres) and 5-rod plots at 45 x 30 feet (13.75 x 9 metres).

How do I rent an allotment plot?
The allotment sites are managed on our behalf by a number of allotment societies.

How will I benefit from having an allotment?
Apart from the health and fitness benefits of being out in the fresh air and growing your crop, you will feel a great sense of achievement when your efforts finally bear fruit!

What can I grow?
Many people choose to grow basic food crops such as onions and potatoes, lettuces, radishes, tomatoes and herbs.

Others use their allotments to grow flowers and have seating areas so they can sit and enjoy them.

What does it do?
A 10-rod plot costs between about £30 and £50 each year and varies depending on the site and the available water supply.

A 5-rod plot costs about half this price.

Where is my nearest allotment?
There are 13 Allotment locations across the borough.

Why should I have an allotment?
With gardening becoming one of the UK's favourite pastimes, allotment gardening can give you a hobby or a low-cost pastime for all the family to enjoy.

Peter London

Parks Development Officer

Town Hall

1 Town Square

Barking

IG11 7LU

 

Phone: 020 8227 3590

Email: peter.london@lbbd.gov.uk