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Allotments

In order to provide our allotment tenants with a more cost effective and efficient service, we are using email for more of our correspondence. If you are an allotment tenant  with your name, plot number and site.


Allotments in Charnwood

Allotments are an important part of our culture and provide a wide range of benefits to communities and to the environment. They have many advantages such as providing fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers, free from pollutants, at a fraction of the cost paid in supermarkets.

They also provide valuable recreational opportunities for healthy physical activity and social contact, a place where people can relax and unwind. Allotments make a significant contribution to our green spaces, and provide habitats for many forms of wildlife.

Our allotments can be found at the following sites:


Taking on an allotment

Taking on an allotment requires long term dedication through frequent visits and hard work in order to keep them to an acceptable standard of cultivation.

On average, our tenants have their allotments for around nine years. We currently operate a waiting list due to high demand and will devide larger plots wherever possible in order to reduce the size of this waiting list.


Garden waste and site maintenance

We are responsible for maintaining most of the boundary hedges, the fencing and roadways. Plot holders are responsible for maintaining the face of any perimeter hedge and any internal hedges on their plot.

Tenants are urged to compost as much green waste as possible themselves, otherwise it may go to landfill. We have introduced dedicated green waste bins for our sites to replace the very costly general waste skips we previously provided. Please take care to ensure that only green waste is put in the bins and not soil. If soil is put into these bins we are unable to empty them.

All garden waste bins are emptied on a Monday on a fortnightly basis except bins on Ingle Pingle allotment. Bins for Ingle Pingle are emptied fortnightly on a Tuesday as long as tenants have presented their bin at the designated collection point.


Asbestos on Council Allotment Sites

The Council is aware of a limited presence of asbestos on some allotment sites across Loughborough. The removal of asbestos from the site may not be necessary in all circumstances; however, an assessment will need to be made in order to determine this.

If you would like to report the presence of asbestos on an allotment site please email cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk or call 01509 634563.


How to rent an allotment

Rents are reviewed annually. In 2017/18, the annual rent for an allotments is:

  • £0.263 per square metre
  • £0.221 per square yard

This includes water charges, site maintenance and removal of garden waste.

50% Concessionary rates are available for people who meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 60 or over - you must be 60 years old at the time of taking on the allotment and we will require a form of ID (i.e. a passport, driving licence, bus pass showing your date of birth).

  • You are a student - we will require a copy of your Council Tax student certificate.

  • You are unemployed - we will require proof of your unemployment benefits.

If you are interested in taking on one of our allotments, please download and complete the relevant form and return it to us either by email or post.


A guide to annual rent costs

Plot size

Annual rental 2017/18

Annual rental 2018/19

No concessions

With concessions

No concessions

With concessions

Permanent plot

84 sq. m / 100 sq. yards

£22.08

£11.04

£23.28

£11.64

125 sq. m / 150 sq. yards (average half sized plot)

£32.88

£16.44

£34.75

£17.38

167 sq. m / 200 sq. yards

£43.92

£21.96

£46.43

£23.22

251 sq. m / 300 sq. yards (average full size plot)

£66.00

£33.00

£69.78

£34.89

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