Apply for a plot
If you wish to apply for an allotment in Barnet, you must apply directly to one or more of the allotment societies that manage the allotment sites, as explained below. It is not possible to apply to Barnet Council, since it no longer manages allotment sites which, since 1st April 2013, have been managed by their allotment societies.
In Barnet there are some 44 sites, managed by 37 societies, with a total of over 4000 allotment plots. The rents for plots and other related charges are set by the individual societies, and vary quite widely across the borough.
The facilities provided vary from site to site. Most have their own water supplies and many have off-street parking, toilets, secure fencing, locking gates and hard roadways. Some have trading huts where seeds, garden chemicals and canes can be bought, usually at competitive prices, and some have machinery, such as rotavators and mowers, available to take some of the hard work out of digging and maintenance.
To help you locate the sites and their societies and the facilities offered have a look at the Allotment Site Finder, where you will find their addresses and details of contacts. If a society has a website, then you will also find a link to it. You will also find links to society websites here.
Since there is a high demand for allotments in the borough, at any one time there are unlikely to be many vacancies on these sites, but don’t let that put you off enquiring after and applying for a plot. Tenants come and go on a regular basis and while most sites now have waiting lists, some quite long, it is better to be on a list than not. However, because there is no centrally held list of rents and charges or of the size of waiting lists, you must find out about them from the individual societies. Sometimes you can find the information on a website, while for others you must enquire by telephone or email. The contact details are given on the Allotment Site Finder.
Plot sizes have traditionally been measured in poles, and this is the unit used in allotment legislation. A pole (or rod or perch) is an old agricultural measure of area – 5½ yards by 5½ yards – equivalent to about 30 square yards or 25 square metres. Most societies still quote plot sizes in poles, but some now use square meters.
A traditional full-sized plot of 10 poles is equivalent to about 300 square yards or 250 square metres. If a full-sized plot is too large for you then you might be able to rent a half plot at 5 poles or, occasionally even, a quarter plot at 2½ poles. A quarter plot is an excellent size to start with if you have no gardening experience and once your confidence increases you might be able to rent more land, but such small plots are not always available.
While the best time to take up a vacant plot is early autumn so that you have ample time over the months before planting and sowing time in the spring to prepare it, this is not always possible so it is always worth making enquiries whatever the time of year.
While you can apply individually to societies for a plot, you may also submit applications to up to three societies using the form on this page.
If you apply to more than one site and you are successful in obtaining a plot from one of them, please let the other societies know so that they can update their waiting lists.