Rental charges for allotments in Barnet.

From 1st April 2013, the allotment societies managing each site are setting their own allotment rents and charges.  These are usually calculated on the basis of the area of each allotment measured in poles or square metres. Charges vary from site to site and you should enquire when you contact the site in question. Some societies also offer a concessionary rate for older people although the terms vary from site to site.

What are Poles?

A Pole (or Rod or Perch) is a traditional old agricultural measure of area - 5½ yards by 5½ yards – equivalent to about 30 square yards or 25 square metres. A traditional full-sized plot of 10 poles is therefore equivalent to about 300 square yards or 250 square metres.

If a full-sized plot is too large for you then you may 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 can rent more land, but such small plots are not always available.

Availability of plots

In Barnet there are over 4000 allotment plots at some 46 sites around the Borough. There is much demand for allotments in the borough and on these 46 sites there are virtually no vacancies.

However 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. 

The best time to take up a vacant plot is early autumn. This gives you ample time over the months before spring to prepare the plot. However this is not always possible and it is always worth making enquiries whatever the time of year. See the Allotment Site Finder for a list of sites in the borough.

Most allotments in Barnet have their own water supplies. Many have off-street parking, secure fencing, locking gates and hard roadways.

Many sites have trading huts where seeds, garden chemicals and canes can be bought, usually at competitive prices. Some will hire out rotovators to take the hard work out of digging. Most sites already have their own toilets.