70:30

An Allotment70:30 – that’s the basic rule expected of our Prudhoe town allotment holders.

70% cultivated for crops and 30% for utilities.

Let’s cover that area of 30% for utilities then. That would be your shed, your water butts, your compost daleks, your wheelbarrow and hosepipe parking space, your chicken runs and your pigeon crees. And yes the rule is 10 chickens only, no cockerels and no appeal.

What’s included in the 70%? Growing spaces include greenhouses and poly tunnels. Of course if you are not using either of them to produce crops of one sort or another then you can be falling below the magic 70%. If you are using them as storage space for all sorts of things that shouldn’t be found on an allotment then you will be in breach of the health and safety rules. And you will be required to cease and desist in short order please.

Of course there is some give and take for those who have just moved onto an allotment. If there’s a lot of clearing work to be done then of course allowance will be made. So long as the inspection teams from the committee can see that you are working hard to bring your plot under cultivation and growing as you go then there will be no problem. Should there be no signs of effort then questions will be asked.

If you are a long term plot holder and things are going downhill with less and less being cultivated then certainly questions will be asked.

Crops? Well if you grow show dahlias or sweet peas or other flowers those are crops. Fruit bushes are crops. All those things that you can grow in greenhouses and poly tunnels such as peppers, chillis, tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers, even melons and sweet potatoes are crops.

If you grow a border of flowers to encourage pollinators that’s fine. If you are pleading docks, dandelions, nettles and other weeds as a wild area that will not be accepted. There are plenty of these elsewhere locally. Neither will allowing your hedges to develop into something that requires forestry skills to manage be accepted as a wild life area.We have wooded areas around the town to cover that.

An allotment is a garden and you sign up to rules which say that you must cultivate it as such when you take on your tenancy. 70:30 seems a very reasonable requirement and gives you the chance to cover the cost of your rent and membership subs in produce to eat and enjoy.

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FacebookJoin the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association group over on Facebook for informal questions and discussions.

You can get to know some of those who have allotments and some of those who are on the waiting lists there.

We are a friendly bunch who like questions and will answer if we can.

Prudhoe Town Council Allotments – How to rent an allotment

Allotment

The responsibility for administering council allotments in Prudhoe lies with Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association. There is a waiting list which is maintained in strict chronological order according to when you add your name. You can choose to add your name to the lists for all allotment sites or to just one site if that is the one that is most convenient to you.

When you have added your name to the list, if you should change your mind, or your circumstances change, or you are going to move out of the area, then you should drop in and tell us. This saves us time and effort when we come to contact you. Remember that the committee that manages the council allotment gardens in Prudhoe is made up of volunteers.

When your name reaches the top of the list, and a plot falls vacant, you will be contacted and taken to see the plot. If you are away on holiday at the time, you will be allowed a couple of weeks grace, or so, to return and respond. If you are away for a considerable period, and cannot be contacted, the plot will be offered to the next person on the list.

If you decide to accept the offer, then you will be asked to come down to the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association Hut behind the West Wylam Inn on a Saturday morning to sign a tenancy agreement, in duplicate (one copy for you, one for the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association), take a copy of the association rules and pay your rent and membership subscriptions.

When you sign the agreement you agree to all the conditions with which you must comply. These are non-negotiable; you don’t get to ‘pick and choose’ which conditions you fancy obeying and which you feel like ignoring. So read the document carefully before you sign. If you are unsure what any of the conditions actually means, or entails, ask for it to be explained and clarified. It is no use pleading ignorance at a later date.

Full annual allotment garden rents are payable between January and March each year. If you take your plot part way through the year, you may be charged pro rata for that year. The rent reflects the size of your allotment, full plot or half plot or quarter plot. You do not qualify for a pensioner’s reduction if you are an early retiree – the pensioner’s reduction applies only to those of 65 and over.

The allotments are subject to regular inspections without prior notice. If the committee members feel that you are failing to comply with your conditions of tenancy you will be sent a letter giving you warning and asking you to bring your allotment garden in line with the conditions of your tenancy. Remember, it is an allotment garden and you signed a contract agreeing to the conditions.

Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association Allotment Sites

An AllotmentWhen you visit the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association Hut to ask if you can add your name to the allotment waiting lists, one of the first questions we ask is do you want to go on the waiting list for all the sites managed by us or do you prefer to wait for one in the vicinity of where you live.

Some of you say that you are happy to take an allotment anywhere in town but some of you prefer to wait for one which is closer to your home address.

To give you an idea of where Prudhoe Town Council allotments are sited to help you to make your choice, please follow the links to the streetmap showing the named site.