Allotment Strategy 2014 - 2024

Allotment flower crop

The Strategy is our ten year plan to improve the service and open up allotment sites.

The Strategy has been created in partnership with the Allotment Federation and with input from allotment holders in the city. This included surveys of allotment holders and people on the waiting list which attracted more than 1,800 responses.  A consultation evening attracted more than 50 people.

In Brighton & Hove there are more than 3.100 allotments across 37 sites, with more than 6,000 people regularly taking part in allotment gardening in the city. There are a further 1,000 people on the allotment waiting list. Following a survey in 2014 of people on the waiting list, the number has dropped from 2,200 due to people moving out of the area or losing interest.

The service also supports ‘community plots’ which are run independently by volunteers or charities.

Key Actions

The strategy proposes providing more information to those on the waiting list such as considering a smaller plot or an alternative site with a shorter waiting time. In recent years the council has split all full plots in half when they have become available to increase capacity and reduce waiting lists. The strategy proposes giving those on the waiting list a choice of plot size, including the traditional large plots but also piloting new ‘micro plots’ to reduce waiting lists further and support those new to growing.

Existing allotment holders with a half plot (125m²) tenancy who would like to cultivate more land will have the opportunity to move to a full plot (250m²) elsewhere or to register their interest in taking on the half plot (125m²) next to their own.

Councillors will also consider introducing a £15 charge to join the waiting list, to help fund the allotments service such as maintenance and repairs to sites.

Promoting organic gardening, cutting down on use of chemicals, increasing composting and reducing water consumption will form part of an action plan to help meet the city's Biosphere objectives.

Adopting the new strategy

Mobility allotments at Foredown

The strategy was adopted by the council’s Environment, transport and Sustainability Committee on Tuesday, March 4 2014.

The introduction of the new Strategy will be a rolling process, reliant upon pro-active partnership participation, and is likely to take several months to implement.

Cllr Pete West, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said: “In addition to growing food, allotment gardening has widespread benefits including improving physical and mental health, stress relief, becoming more environmentally aware and providing opportunities to socialise.

“By working closely with the Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation, we are pleased to be putting forward proposals which will not only improve the service for current allotment holders, but also enable many more people to enjoy the benefits of ‘growing their own.’”