Coronavirus - Using your Allotment
To help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus whilst working on your allotment plot you should:
- keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
- use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
- observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2 to 3 metres
- do not share tools
- do not wash your hands in water troughs
- follow the National Allotments Societies guideline’s with regards to livestock maintenance
Important updates from the allotment office
We apologise for the severe delay in this year’s invoicing, which is a direct result of the closure of the office due to COVID-19 and constraints to working from home. All current tenants should now have received an invoice. If you have not, or have any queries relating to your invoice, please contact us as a matter of urgency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 2500500 (Monday to Friday 10am-3pm).
We are very sorry we have had to take the decision not to offer direct debits as a method of payment this year. This is due to the lateness in the year, and the constraints we are still working under. Anyone who previously paid by direct debit or who sent us a direct debit mandate form for this year will be permitted to spread the cost via a payment plan; please contact us immediately, ideally by email, to set this up.
- we are sorry that due to the new lockdown, we have had to put a hold on lettings once again. This is because we cannot show plots to prospective new tenants, as we are avoiding face to face meetings wherever possible.
- we have received a huge volume of applications this summer, which we are still processing
- we have commenced a round of inspections, with the primary focus being on health and safety and ensuring that plots are not being misused. We will not be enforcing the requirements for cultivation this year.
- please note that we are still operating with limited functionality. We apologise that it may take us longer than usual to deal with non-urgent queries
Fires on allotments are now permitted again until 1 May 2021, however due to the ongoing situation with the pandemic we ask that tenants avoid burning if at all possible. Please consult your allotment handbook for the rules around burning, which must be strictly adhered to.
We manage 3,000 allotments over 70 sites, including plots designed for disabled people (wheelchair and non-wheelchair users).
We also have a number of accessible plots with raised beds available at some sites and we can create accessible plots when needed.
Allotments are a good way of producing healthy fruit and vegetables at a relatively low cost, and you can produce them organically if you want to.
Charges and payments
The charge for an allotment will depend on the size of the plot and whether the allotment site has a water supply.
Plot Size: up to 100m²
- rent: £27.50
- water: £14.50
- total: £42
Plot Size: up to 200m²
- rent: £55.50
- water: £30.50
- total: £86
Plot Size: up to 300m²
- rent: £79
- water: £41
- total: £121
Plot Size: 301m² or above
- rent: £120
- water: £51
- total: £171
If your site does not have a water mains supply you will only be charged for rent.
Tenants receive an invoice each April for the 12 month period 1 April to 31 March.
New tenants starting part way through the year pay a pro rata amount.
It is important to follow the payment instructions on the back of the invoice carefully otherwise there may be a delay in allocating the payment to your invoice.
If you want to pay by cash or cheque you can do so at the Post Office.
Things to consider before you apply
New allotment holders find that they quickly develop new skills and knowledge and many plot holders see the development of their allotment as part of a positive lifestyle choice. However there are a few things to think about before you rush into getting your first plot:
- health and physical ability
- time commitment
- size of your plot
- learning what to do and when
- maintaining motivation
- it takes a great deal of time
Apply for an allotment
You can only apply for one site.
Unfortunately information about the lengths of the various waiting lists is not available at present. We will publish this information again as soon as possible.
Private allotment sites
There are a number of privately managed allotment sites in Sheffield:
- Beighton (Orchard Lane): Alan Fergus - 07957 682986
- Brightside: Mr Brown - 0114 243 6588
- Darnall (Infield Lane): Mr David Tuxford - email email@example.com - Telephone Gail 07833945945
- Ecclesfield: Simon Athey - 0114 246 9003
- Ecclesfield: Mr S Cooper - 0114 246 1744 email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gleadless: Mr Ian Turner - 07414 475262
- Oughtibridge: Liz Hewett - email email@example.com
- Stannington: - Woodland View Allotment Society, Lynda Mackin - 07963157656
Many allotment sites in Sheffield have their own society. Allotment societies often bring benefits to an allotment site such as reduced price seed for tenants, opportunities to meet and share knowledge with other tenants, plant swaps, fundraising and events.
List of allotment societies in Sheffield
- Archer Lane Allotment and Home Garden Society
- Gleadless Garden Produce Association
- Hagg House Allotment Society
- Hagg Lane & District Gardeners' Allotments Society
- Handsworth and Richmond Allotment Society
- Hangingwater Allotment Association
- High Wincobank Allotment Association
- Highcliffe Allotment Society
- Heeley District Allotment Protection Society
- Holberry Gardens Allotment Association
- Infield Lane Floral and Horticultural Society
- Moss Way Allotment Group
- Reignhead Farm Allotment Association
- Rivelin Valley Allotment Society - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Roe Wood Allotment Society
- Rustlings Road Allotment Society
- Sheffield Allotments and Leisure Gardeners' Federation
- Vicarage Lane Allotment Society
- Walkley Bank Allotment Society
- Woodseats Allotment Society
Community allotments offer individuals a chance to get involved in growing their own fruit and vegetables in a supportive community environment. Many of the projects are aimed at people who may have particular support needs or difficulty in accessing an allotment plot of their own.