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 have bonfires which could impact on local people with respiratory problems
- - 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. However the invoices are now on their way. They should be arriving with tenants by post by around 25 September 2020. Have you informed us if you have moved house? If you haven’t claimed your concession for this year, or you believe you did but it is not applied to your invoice, please contact the office as soon as possible, ideally by email (email@example.com).
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 on receipt of your invoice, ideally by email, to set this up.
- we have removed the hold on lettings. 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 querie
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
- water: £14
- total: £41
Plot Size: up to 200m²
- rent: £54
- water: £30
- total: £84
Plot Size: up to 300m²
- rent: £77
- water: £40
- total: £117
Plot Size: 301m² or above
- rent: £117
- water: £50
- total: £167
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.
This information is provided as an approximate guide only. The exact figures are subject to change.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - Telephone Gail 07833945945
- Ecclesfield: Simon Athey - 0114 246 9003
- Ecclesfield: Mr S Cooper - 0114 246 1744 email email@example.com
- Gleadless: Mr Ian Turner - 07414 475262
- Oughtibridge: Liz Hewett - email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 - email@example.com
- 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.