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Allotments

allotments in leedsAllotments are plots of land that people rent so they can grow their own food. 

We have 99 allotment sites in Leeds, most of which have their own active groups or committees. 

Some Parish and Town Councils have their own allotment sites and there are a number of privately owned sites across the city.

Allotment sites vary in size from those with just a few plots to 100-plot sites. They come in different shapes and sizes; but the most common plot sizes are full plots (250 sq m) and half plots (125 sq m).

How to find your nearest allotment site

To find where your local allotment site is, download the Allotments - locations infosheet in the Documents section of this list.

How to rent an allotment

To rent an allotment please contact us:

  • Online - email us by using the 'contact us' section of this page
  • Telephone - Call us on 0113 336 7427

Allotment office opening times:

Monday to Thursday: 8am to 4pm
Friday: 8am to 3:30pm

Allotment gardening is very popular and there is a huge demand for plots. This may mean that you will not be able to get an allotment plot immediately but we can add you to the waiting list. 

How much does it cost to rent an allotment?

Rental charges from 1 October 2014 - 30 September 2015:

The allotment year runs from October to September and invoices are usually sent out in September. Discounts may be available for those in receipt of a state pension, unemployed, eligible disabled and full time students

Full plot (250 sq m) - £38.50 per annum
Half plot (125 sq m) - £19.25  per annum

Rules

There are some rules that apply to allotment ownership, including guidance on the types of permitted structure.  These can be found in the Documents section of this page.

Water Charges

City controlled plots with water supply are an extra £18 per year for each full plot and £11.50 per year for each half plot.

Water charges at allotment sites run by committees may be different to these charges.

Annual Allotment competition 

Leeds City Council and the Leeds and District Gardeners Federation run an annual allotment competition and judging normally takes place in July each year. For more information see the allotment competition poster in the Documents section of this page.

How long are the waiting lists for an allotment plot?

The majority of allotments in Leeds have waiting lists ranging from less than 10 to 100+. Please contact the allotment section for up to date information on waiting list numbers for city controlled sites or for the contact details for self managed allotment association secretaries.

Can I put my name on more than one waiting list?

You can add your name to more than one waiting list, usually the one closest to your home. However, if you do put your name down on more than one waiting list, when you are successful in obtaining a plot we ask that you contact the other sites and ask for your details to be removed from their lists.

What do I do if I want to give up my allotment plot?

Please contact the allotment section or allotment association when you decide to give up your plot. It can then be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

Can I have a bonfire on my allotment?

Small fires are allowed on allotments, however the following rules are to be followed:

Any green waste that can be composted should be done so.
Anything else is to be removed off site and disposed of at home. If a fire is necessary only dry waste should be burned - this is to reduce the amount of smoke.

Consideration should be given to other plot holders and surrounding properties and it's very important you do not leave fires smouldering or unattended at any time.​

Can I keep livestock on my allotment plot?

There are allotment sites in Leeds with livestock (hens and rabbits are allowed to be kept on allotments). Please contact the allotments section for a list of these sites. Some sites permit bee hives. If you are interested in keeping bees you must be a member of the British Bee Keepers’ Association and have your own public liability insurance.

How do I get rubbish removed from my allotment plot?

Leeds City Council is unable to assist plot holders remove rubbish inherited from previous tenants. It is normally the tenants’ responsibility to remove rubbish to an appropriate amenity facility. Where possible tenants should compost any plant material.

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