Finding A Site

Southbourne Gardens

Clearly some are more important than others but all of these are worthy of a little consideration.


‘Dip canning’ i.e. dunking a watering can into a water tank is the most common method of getting water on to your plot although some sites do allow the use hoses and you may also be able to use a hose if you are registered with a disability.  It is also worth checking if the water supply is year round if you plan to work the plot though winter or propagate in greenhouse, until recently ours was switched off for six months of the year.  Some sites will have stand pipes or taps on the tanks which is useful for rinsing out watering cans, hand washing etc.

Communal Storage

You don’t need much equipment to get going but if your not planning to have a shed or greenhouse secure communal storage is useful to keep your tools and other materials.

Communal Equipment

This can be very useful, our site offers lawn mowers (we are expected as an absolute minimum to mow the grass on either side of our plot) strimmers and rotivators.  At some time or another we have used all them. Usually there is a small charge to cover the cost of the petrol.


Councils make compost available from time to time or the site may have manure delivered from a local stables.  A small charge may be made for this.

Rubbish Disposal

I am always surprised at how much rubbish we generate on the plot.  Of course most of it is compostable but for those things that aren’t if there isn’t a council collection or a no bonfire rule is in place you will need to remove it from the site yourself.

Animals & Children

Not all sites welcome or allow pets on site, also if you are planning to use the site as a family, the general community feel of the site will be important as well as its overall safety and security.


If you’re planning to spend a lot of time on site.


How to Find An Allotment Plot

Where To Start

Finding A Site

Choosing The Plot

Getting Involved