Choosing The Plot

Southbourne Gardens

None of these things alone are a deal makers or breakers but they will affect how you run your plot.

Plot Size

The average plot size of 200 to 250 square metres of was originally designed so that a family could meet all its fruit and vegetable needs for the year.  Whilst there are many that still do that increasingly people use there plots to supplement what they grow at home or buy in the supermarket. As a result many councils now offer half and quarter plots so if you are offered something you think is too big ask if you can take less.


Where is the plot in relation to water tanks and the other amenities, your back will thank you when your barrowing manure.


You might assume, especially if you’ve been on a waiting list, that what you’ll be offered will be in reasonable condition.  I hope it’s the case but be prepared.  We inherited a lot of rubbish and a lot of weeds.  Some councils will ‘take the top off’ so its level but if they don’t offer that service it is worth asking if anyone on the site would be prepared help you deal with the worst of it.

The Lie Of The Land

Nice to have a south facing plot with a slight incline from top to bottom. It will affect what you can grow and where.

Light and Shade

Some of the plots on our site are in full shade from early in the afternoon or have overhanging trees.  Again it will affect what you can grow and where.

Soil Type & Condition

Take a hand fork with you and dig in.  It will give you some idea of soil type and how recently the ground has been worked, how much work you have in store and how quickly you can get things growing.


Look out for signs of invasive weeds such as mare’s tail.

Sheds & Greenhouses

If you want one it is worth checking if there are any restrictions around size, colour, positioning.  The conditions around this vary greatly from site to site.


How to Find An Allotment Plot

Where To Start

Finding A Site

Choosing The Plot

Getting Involved