There are 46 allotment gardens in the borough. Here are details of where our sites are, how to rent one, and other useful information about growing your own vegetables.
Benefits of having an allotment
There are numerous benefits to having an allotment for a whole range of residents. It's a great way to be outside, active and physical with the bonus of growing fresh fruit and vegetables in the process. It helps teach children where food comes from and encourages community spirit and socialisation. It can help reduce stress and promote a sense of achievement and well being, not to mention the challenge of learning something new.
Getting a plot
We have nearly 600 plots in the borough and operate a waiting list for each site. Most sites in Welwyn Garden City and some in Hatfield are fully occupied but there is usually movement on sites throughout the year. In recent years there has been huge increase in interest for allotments plots and in the last two years we have opened six new sites to meet demand. If you are interested in renting an allotment plot then look below for details and locations of individual sites to see which sites would be best for you. Please call 01707 357000 to be added to the waiting list or email email@example.com.
Allotments in Welwyn Garden City
We manage 26 allotment gardens in Welwyn Garden City.
Allotments in Hatfield
We manage 18 sites in Hatfield.
Haseldine Meadows Site A has 7 plots and has a rainwater harvesting system. Haseldine Meadows Site B has 6 plots. Feather Dell is a landlocked site and can only be accessed by neighbouring residents. The Council also has allotment gardens at Martins Close, Swallow Gardens, which has 4 plots, Dove Court, which has 4 plots and Raven Court, which has 6 plots. None of the aforementioned sites have water provision. See map
Hawthornes has 6 plots, Newstead has 4 plots and our sites at Bullrush Close and Badger Way both have 3 plots. The site at Deerswood Avenue is our largest in South Hatfield with 16 plots and has a 2500 litre rainwater harvesting system. Broom Close has 6 plots and also water provision. See map
Allotments in Welwyn Village
Hawbush Close allotment has 10 plots and two 2500 litre rainwater harvesting systems. See map
Other sites in the borough
Some allotment sites in the borough are managed by town or parish councils as well as allotment associations. Please contact them directly if you are interested in a plot at one of the following sites:
Digswell - Longcroft Allotment Association
Plot Size and Prices
Plots vary in size from 75 to 200 square metres. Costs are calculated per 25 square metres and depend on whether the site has a water supply. Payment is due on 1st April each year. As from April 2012 the rates are as follows:
All plot holders are encouraged to collect rainwater on their plots. A guttering system to collect water into water butts is compulsory for those with sheds and greenhouses.
For people on full income support and people over the age of 65, there is a 50 per cent reduction.
Allotment Tenancy Agreement
In order to rent a plot it is necessary to abide by certain rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are within our Allotment Tenancy Agreement which became Council policy in 2010. View sample agreement. [262KB]
The key points in the tenancy agreement are the following requirements of the tenant:
We regularly inspect our sites and plots to ensure that the rules contained within the agreement are being adhered to. The process of enforcement is essential to ensure that standards on our allotments are improved to the benefit of the local environment, current tenants and people who are on the waiting list.
How do I Pay My Rent Bill?
When you receive your rent bill there are a number of ways you can make your payment. You can pay by credit or debit card online, over the phone by calling our automated telephone service on 01707 357755 (select option "invoices beginning with 2") by cheque or postal order or in person at Council Offices.
Giving Up Your Allotment
If you want to give up your allotment, please complete the Surrender of Allotment form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We might carry out a final inspection of the plot to ensure that it is handed back to us in a reasonable condition. If however you become ill and cannot look after your allotment, contact the allotment officer to discuss ways of managing your allotment until you can garden again.
Evening Allotment Talk, Wednesday 19th March 2014
Geoff Hodge, horticultural writer and journalist will be presenting the first of our evening allotment talks this year, "Grow Your Own". Geoff started growing veg when he was 14 and has since written two RHS books on the subject - the RHS Allotment Handbook and the RHS Allotment Journal.
This practical demonstration will give you hints, tips and ideas on how to grow veg - whether it is in the ground or in containers, and whether you are an experienced grower or just getting started. Come with any questions you want answered or problems that need solving. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some of Geoff's books.
The talk will be held at Civic Centre, Main Hall, Welwyn, Prospect Place, Welwyn, Herts, AL6 9ER. Tea and coffee will be available at 7pm, and the talk will start at 7.30pm. Places are limited, so if you are a tenant on a Council managed site or of the Longcroft Allotment Association then please contact us to reserve a place or complete and return the talk invitation [566KB].
Briars Wood Organic Allotment Open Afternoon
As part of National Allotment Week (6-12 August 2012) Briars Wood Organic Allotment Garden was open to the public on Sunday 12 August. The free event promoted the array of benefits of allotment gardening - the "natural" health Service!
Visitors were invited to bring their own picnic to enjoy in the orchard, and there were refreshments and homemade cakes available. Growers were on hand to answer any questions and there was homemade jams, free seeds and fresh produce displays. The allotment is adjacent to 27 Briars Wood and the garages, just off Briars Lane near the Leisure Centre in Hatfield.Open map
Another Year film night
Another Year was shown at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, WGC, on Tuesday 7th August at 7.30pm, in honour of National Allotment Week. The British drama by Mike Leigh, with Lesley Manville and Jim Broadbent, is about a couple who have an allotment and the benefits that it brings them. Tickets were on sale from the Hawthorne Theatre.
All allotment holders receive a newsletter. If you are a plot holder or keen gardener and would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us.
This page was last updated on 28/02/2014