Having an allotment is a cheaper and greener way of growing and eating fresh and organic food.
An allotment allows you to grow fruit and vegetables free from harmful chemicals which are not genetically modified in any way. To view allotments in Harrow you can check out our allotment map.
How much does it cost to rent a plot in an allotment?
Rental fees for allotment plots are collected on an annual basis. There are discounted rates for senior citizens, students and residents receiving benefits (e.g Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.)
There is an additional rental fee for access to running water for watering crops and cleaning tools.
Annual rental fee for a plot:
- £5.25 per pole
- £2.65 (discounted rate).
Annual rental fee for access to running water (no discounted rates):
- £2.65 per pole
What is meant by a pole?
Allotments are measured in poles (sometimes called rods). A pole is a measurement of approximately 5.5 yards or an area measuring 5.5 yards by 5.5 yards.
The size of plot can vary across the allotments in Harrow with most plots being between 5 and 10 poles.
This means that a 5 pole plot would cost £39.50 or a 10 pole plot would cost £79.00 for the year (both including water).
Allotments are the perfect model for recycling. There's no packaging to the crops you produce, and any waste is used to form compost for the following season.
All sorts of things can be recycled on allotments, for example:
- Green waste from your garden or kitchen, together with newspaper and cardboard, can be composted
- Plastic bottles can be reused as cloches
- Cardboard tubes can be reused as plant pots
- Aluminium foil can be reused to scare birds away from crops.
For more information on our allotment strategy, please download our Allotments strategy 2010-20.
A new set of allotment rules came into force on the 1st November 2014.
For more information on the new rules please download the Allotments rules 2014.
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