Why rent an allotment?
An allotment can provide fresh fruit and vegetables, a healthy outdoor life and a place to relax. The Council manages 600 allotment plots spread over thirty acres on thirteen sites.
How do I apply for an allotment?
Please contact the Allotment section by telephoning 01424 451853 or email Allotments@hastings.gov.uk or write to us at Aquila House, Breeds Place, Hastings, TN34 3UY, apply online or you can download an Allotment Application Form (.pdf 19Kb).
Is there a waiting list?
All allotments are fully tenanted but your name can easily be added to the appropriate site waiting list. Most people like to be on the site waiting list nearest to where they live.
How much will it cost me?
Rent for plots in Council management is £5.32 for 25.29 sq metres which equals one Rod in imperial measurement.
An additional charge for water of £1.60p is payable for every 25.29 sq metres which equals one Rod in imperial measurement.
The total annual charge for an average plot of 126 sq metres, or 5 Rods in imperial measurement, with water, is £34.60.
How large is a plot?
The plots are measured in rods. One rod is 30.25 sq.yds. An average size plot is approximately 5 rods. (126.46 sq metres or 30ft x 46ft)
How many sites are there?
There are fifteen sites in the Borough of Hastings and St Leonards. One of these is a self managed site and the other is a private site.
View an interactive map of the allotment site locations.
In St Leonards:
Allocation of plots
When you have reached the top of the waiting list of your chosen site, we will contact you and give you details of the vacant plot.
Once an agreement is completed, cultivation can commence and an invoice will be sent for the rent and water.
With written permission from the Council, tenants are allowed to erect a shed or greenhouse on the plot. Please refer to the Allotment Rules (.pdf 84Kb)
All sites have gates that are locked with a padlock. Tenants are issued with a key.
All allotment sites have standpipes where you can fill buckets and watering cans, however, hosepipes are not allowed.
The supply is turned off from October to April each year.
Regular site inspections are carried out at each allotment site to ensure plots are being cultivated properly. A maximum of two letters will be sent to plot holders in the event of non cultivation. If the issue is not resolved, the tenancy will be terminated.
Most sites have got a Site Secretary and you can find out what their role is in the Roles of the Site Secretary (.pdf 25Kb)
The Council's Grounds Maintenance contractors are responsible for maintaining the main paths/hedges at all allotment sites.
Hastings & St Leonards Allotments Federation
The Federation was formed by a number of Allotment Site Secretaries in August 1998 to act as a lobbying force for all allotment gardeners in the Borough. This group is independent of the Council and meets to discuss improvements, the future of allotments and allotment policy.
Ten helpful hints for new tenants
- If you have no tools, buy only the essentials - spade, fork, hoe, rake, trowel and water can
- For your back's sake do not rush clearance and digging. It is best to start in the autumn
- If a plot is badly weeded over, it is best to skim off the top and then dig it.
- Ensure that you remove the roots of docks, dandelions and couch grass as these will regrow.
- Start a compost heap for vegetable matter
- Do not start sowing seeds in the open too early, as many are lost in the cold and wet ground.
- You will need to water plants that are being transplanted until they become established
- Aim for a succession of crops throughout the year and rotate the crops in sequence
- Plant flowers to make the plot more colourful
- Fellow plotholders can also give lots of advice.
- NSALG (National Society for allotment and Leisure Gardens)
- RHS (Royal Horticulture Society)
- EA (Environment Agency)
- BBKA (British Beekeepers Association)