Sept. 25, 2021
-- With lots of us making the move towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, holding the key to an allotment or community garden, as commonly referred to in the U.S.A is now almost as desirable as securing the key to your own home.
Eager to minimise our food miles and engage in organic horticulture, there are huge waiting lists for allotment plots across the U.K, with wannabe growers in London understandably facing the longest waits. The longest waiting list for a single allotment was at Bushy Park in Richmond-upon-
Thames, southwest London, where you'll have to join the queue behind 637 others.Get Planning
A well-planned allotment is easier to care for. It saves time in the allotment allowing you to prioritize beneficial tasks such as mulching and building raised beds suitable for organic crops. Start planning your garden well in advance so you will be ready to get to work when sowing time arrives. If the soil was not tilled in the fall, that must be done early in the spring. A garden planner (https://theorganicstreet.com/register/
) can really go along way – remember take the pressure off your shoulders, sow what you eat not what you think you might eat.Your Rights
The Allotments Act 1922 provided allotment holders with some security of tenure by setting out specific periods of notice for ending a tenancy. Landlords could only end an allotment garden tenancy by giving the allotment holder a minimum of six months' notice. This was increased to 12 months by the Allotments Act 1950. The landlord may end the tenancy by giving one month's notice where the allotment holder has breached any of the conditions of the tenancy agreement.