Allotments

We manage over 3,000 allotment plots on over 70 sites, including some plots designed for disabled people (wheelchair and non-wheelchair users), with raised beds, and 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.

Vacant allotments

Most sites have waiting lists, but there are currently plots immediately available at the following sites:

  • Corker Bottoms (Manor)
  • Ferncroft (Mosborough)
  • Norwood (S5)
  • Parson Cross Family Gardens
Hosepipe ban

Yorkshire Water are introducing a hosepipe ban from 26 August.

Under the conditions of the ban, it is still permissible to water food plants (but not flowers) using a hosepipe, but our policies do not permit direct watering of plants using a hosepipe. Hosepipes should only be used to top up water butts, from which you should fill your watering cans (or you may fill watering cans from the taps). We encourage tenants to be economical with water, and harvest rainwater if possible. It is best to water in the morning or evening, as that means the water won’t evaporate quickly in the sunshine.

Read more about the ban at Yorkshire Water: Is there a hosepipe ban?.

Moss Way and Sothall Green allotments are both supplied by Severn Trent, not Yorkshire Water. Severn Trent have no immediate intention of imposing a hosepipe ban, but are asking their customers to conserve water. You can read the statement from Severn Trent.

General updates

  • the invoices for 2022-2023 have been raised and you should have received your invoice in April. If you have not received and paid your invoice, it is now very overdue. For any queries relating to your invoice, or if you did not receive your invoice, please contact the allotment office by email if possible (pwc.allotments@sheffield.gov.uk), or by phone on 0114 250 0500. Direct debit collections commenced in May.

Avian Flu

There are new rules for allotment tenants with chickens from October 2022.

DEFRA has announced new measures in light of the spread of Avian Flu. Please follow the guidance at GOV.UK: Avian influenza: Prevention Zone declared across Great Britain.

Fires

Fires are not permitted from 1 May to 30 September. If you see a fire on an allotment during this time, please contact the allotment office immediately.

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: £28.60
  • water: £15.30
  • total: £43.90

Plot Size up to 200m²:

  • rent: £58.10
  • water: £31.60
  • total: £89.70

Plot Size up to 300m²:

  • rent: £83.60
  • water: £42.80
  • total: £126.40

Plot Size 301m² or above:

  • rent: £124.40
  • water: £53
  • total: £177.40

If your site does not have a water mains supply you will only be charged for rent.

Concessions available are as follows:

A 75% concession for those in receipt of : 

  • Universal Credit
  • Income support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit with NHS tax credit exemption certificate (we will need to see your award letter and your NHS tax credit exemption certificate)
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance/PIP/Attendance Allowance
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
  • Blue Badge
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Medical Exemption Certificate
  • Pension Credit Guarantee
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Carer’s Allowance

A 25% concession for all full time students (including those at college, University, and those completing a Masters degree or PhD).

A 25% age-related concession can be claimed by tenants who reach state pension age on or before 1 April 2022.

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

Having an allotment can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable, however it is also a substantial commitment. 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. If you apply for more than one site, only your first application will be considered.

Find an allotment plot

Use the map below to find an allotment which is convenient for you.

We have recently experienced a huge surge in demand. Many of our waiting lists are currently longer than usual. If you are keen to get a plot quickly and your nearest site has a long waiting list, it may be beneficial to consider other sites. 

All figures given are as a guide only. The exact figures change constantly.

Private allotment sites

There are a number of privately managed allotment sites in Sheffield:

Allotment societies

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
  • Ecclesall Allotment Association 
  • 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
  • Norwood Allotment Society
  • Reignhead Farm Allotment Association
  • Rivelin Valley Allotment Society - rvascontact@gmail.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

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. 

List of community allotments in Sheffield

Allotment sites where pigeons are allowed

Pigeon keeping is allowed at:

  • Heeley Common
  • Manor (lofts provided on certain plots)
  • Shirecliffe
  • Hollinsend
  • Mauncer Drive
  • Victoria Road

Mauncer Drive is the only site that is exclusively for pigeon keeping.

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