FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE THE ALLOTMENTS?
The allotments are on Shipton Road (A19) in York, just opposite Loweswater Close.
HOW LONG IS THE WAIT FOR AN ALLOTMENT PLOT?
This very much depends on the number of people on the current waiting list, how quickly people give up plots and what work is needed on plots before they can be rented out. Although it may look like there are spare plots, sometimes these are still rented out to people and as such, they still belong to people. Although we have rules about keeping plots in good condition, it can sometimes take time. As a rough guide, a waiting time could be anywhere from 6 months to 4 or more years!
SHOULD I TAKE ON AN ALLOTMENT?
Allotments are hugely popular in the UK at the minute with lots of people looking to get a plot. Taking on a plot is no mean feat though and if your plot is a little run down, it can be very time consuming to get it up and running. If you've got some free time and live close enough to pop down to your plot regularly (sometimes daily in the summer months if watering is needed!), then an allotment could be for you.
HOW BIG IS AN ALLOTMENT PLOT?
For legal reasons, the size of an allotment is quoted in rods, an historic unit of measurement. A typical plot on one of our sites will be either 5 or 10 rods (a full or half plot). A 5 rod plot is approximately equal to 126.5 square metres or 151.3 square yards. This usually means that a plot will be 5m wide by 25m long.
HOW MUCH IS IT TO RENT A PLOT?
To join the association there is a one off fee of £20. Rent for a full plot is £48, a 3/4 plot is £36, a 1/2 plot is £24 and a quarter plot is £12.
CAN I KEEP LIVESTOCK ON MY PLOT?
Under the terms of our rental agreement, no livestock are permitted on the allotment site. This includes bees.
WHERE DO I APPLY TO GET AN ALLOTMENT?
You can apply via our online form on the 'Our plots' page or send an email, with your name, address and phone number (mobile preferred) to email@example.com. Before you apply please do have a look at the sections on Who can Apply to the Waiting List and Member’s Rules and Responsibilities.
ARE THE ALLOTMENTS A PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY?
Although there is a marked and fenced public footpath that runs through the middle of the allotment site, the allotments themselves are private property. To ensure the security of the site, visitors are not permitted unless at the invitation of a plot holder.
WHO CAN APPLY TO THE WAITING LIST?
MEMBER'S RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The rules are needed either to comply with the terms of our lease and/or ensure we are good neighbours to other plot holders and nearby residents. You can read the rules by clicking here. By joining the Association members are agreeing to abide by these rules. Failure to comply can result in forfeiture of the allotment. The commonest reason for forfeiture is failure to maintain the plot in a reasonable condition.
DO WE HAVE A PRIVACY (GDPR) POLICY?
Yes, it is available to view here.