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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Yes, you can keep rabbits and hens on your plot. An application must be made to keep hens [72KB] or keep rabbits [73KB] and they must be kept in strict accordance with our Guidelines on Keeping Hens on the Allotment [116KB] or our Guidelines on Keeping Rabbits on the Allotment [75KB].
Yes, an application for a shed [75KB], greenhouse [93KB]or 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.
Yes. An application to plant 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
No, our allotments are only to be rented by residents within the borough of Welwyn and Hatfield.