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Allotments - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question and it is not answered here then please read through the Allotment Tenancy Agreement which contain all the rules and regulations that govern our allotments. If you still cannot find the answer then please do contact us on 01707 357329 or email allotments@welhat.gov.uk.

1. The allotment I have been allocated is overgrown, will you clear it for me?

2. There is a lot of rubbish on my plot, will you take it away for me?

3. Do I need to apply for permission to keep hens on my plot?

4. Do I need to apply for permission to put up a shed, greenhouse or polytunnel on my plot?

5. Do I need to apply for permission to plant fruit frees on my plot?

6. I have recently taken on a plot which has existing fruit trees on it - can I cut this down?

7. Is water provided on site?

8. The plot allocated to me is too small, can I have a larger one?

9. The plot allocated to me is too large, can I have a smaller one?

10. If I do not accept the plot that I have offered, can I go back on the waiting list?

11.Will the Council deliver manure, leaves, grass cuttings, compost or manure to the site?

12. What can I do with the organic waste from my plot which can't be composted?

13. Can I keep livestock on my plot?

14. I have moved, but I still reside in the borough, can I transfer to another allotment site closer to my new home?

15. I have moved out of the borough but I can still travel to the allotment site, is this ok?

16. My husband/wife/partner/friend who I was working with the allotment plot with is no longer able to do it.  Can I put the Allotment Tenancy Agreement in my name?

1. The allotment that I have been allocated is overgrown, will you clear it for me?

No. We do not clear plots before letting them, and therefore the majority of them will be overgrown when let.  Some plots are handed back to the Council in good condition, but this is a rarity.  If you do have any concerns with the condition of the plot, please let us know before accepting the tenancy.

2. There is a lot of rubbish on my plot, will you take it away for me?

You must let us know before accepting your tenancy about any waste on the plot.  We are able to remove some large items of non-organic waste if necessary by prior agreement, but the decision to do this is made on a case by case basis.  When clearing your plot it might be that you unearth a lot of waste.  The Council might deem it as an unreasonable amount for you to clear, and a decision is made on a case by case basis.

3. Do I need to apply for permission to keep hens on my plot? 

Yes, you can keep rabbits and hens on your plot.  An application must be made to pdf icon keep hens [72KB] or pdf icon keep rabbits [73KB] and they must be kept in strict accordance with our pdf icon Guidelines on Keeping Hens on the Allotment [116KB] or our pdf icon Guidelines on Keeping Rabbits on the Allotment [75KB].

4. Do I need to apply for permission to put up a shed, greenhouse or polytunnel on my plot?

Yes, an application for a pdf icon shed [75KB], pdf icon greenhouse [93KB]or pdf icon polytunnel [78KB] needs to be completed by the tenant along with a sketch of your plot detailing the proposed location of the structure.  We respond within 10 working days on receiving the application.

5. Do I need to apply for permission to plant fruit frees on my plot?

Yes. An application to plant pdf icon fruit trees [76KB] (of the dwarf stock variety) on the allotments needs to be completed by the tenant along with a sketch of the plot detailing the proposed location of the tree.  We respond within 10 working days upon receiving the application.

6. I have recently taken on a plot which has existing fruit trees on it,  can I cut these down?

No.  If there are existing fruit trees or structures, please contact us prior to removing them.  The decision is made on a case by case basis.

7. Is water provided on site?

Not all of our sites have water, and rent is significantly lower on those sites.  All tenants, regardless of whether they are on a site where there is water provision or not, are encouraged to collect their own rainwater.  It is also compulsory to do so if a tenant has a shed or a greenhouse on their plot. However, many tenants also get very creative in their ways of collecting water, erecting a roof structure made out of corregate plastic with guttering and water buckets.

8. The plot allocated to me is too large can I have a smaller one?

If your plot is 125m2 or larger, then we could divide it, let the other half and amend your bill.  However, if your plot size is smaller than 125m2 we would need to transfer you to another plot when the first one becomes available.  The minimum plot size that we do is 50m2, although we no longer create 50m2 plots as they are deemed too small.

9. The plot allocated to me is too small can I have larger one?

Yes, we can transfer you to a larger plot once it becomes available.  However, depending on the current demand and plots available at a site we might be responding by dividing plots that are 125m2 or larger and therefore there might be a significant wait for a plot larger than 75m2 in that area.

10. If I do not accept the plot that I have been offered, can I go back on the waiting list?

Yes, our waiting list policy is such that we send two offer letters to those on the waiting list, and then the name is removed if they do not respond.  Therefore, if the first offer is declined, there will be a second offer.

11. Will the Council deliver manure, leaves, grass cuttings, compost or woodchip to the site?

The Council currently only delivers to woodchip to Moneyhole Lane Allotment in Welwyn Garden City and Briars Wood Organic Allotment in Hatfield due to space available for deliveries and organisation in place by tenants to manage the delivery.

12. What can I do with the organic waste from my plot which can't be composted?

The Council does not collect organic waste from our allotments, however, you can bag it up and place in your brown recycling bin at home.   Hertfordshire Waste and Recycling Centres

13. I have moved but I still reside in the borough, can I transfer to another site which is closer to my new home?

Yes, just let us know your new address so we can amend our records, and we will offer you the next available plot at your chosen site.

14. I have moved out of the borough, but I can still travel to the allotment site, is this ok?

No, our allotments are only to be rented by residents within the borough of Welwyn and Hatfield.

15. My husband/wife/partner/friend who I was working the plot no longer wants to do it/has died/moved away/is ill - can I put the Allotment Tenancy Agreement in my name?

No.

 

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