charges for allotments in Barnet.
From 1st April 2011 until 31st March 2012 rent will be £5.90 per pole per year.
Water charges where applicable will be £1.50 per pole per year for the same period.
There is a 50% reduction in the rent for all plot-holders aged 60 years and over for the first 10 poles only.
If you rent from a society which leases the whole of the site from
the council, rents and water charges may vary slightly from the above.
What are Poles?
A Pole (or Rod or Perch) is a traditional old agricultural measure. It
is a unit of length of 5½ yards or a unit of area of 5½ yards by 5½
yards or equivalent. The area measure is correctly called a Square Pole
but it is usually abbreviated to plain "pole".
Rent is paid per (square) Pole.
A standard size plot of 10 x 30 yd is therefore equivalent to 10 poles.
If a standard 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
Most allotments in Barnet have their own
water supplies. Many have off-street parking, secure fencing, locking gates and hard
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.
You can usually get permission to erect a
shed or greenhouse on your plot. The maximum size allowed is 10 x 8 x 6.5 feet
(LxWxH) on a 10 Pole plot and pro-rata for smaller plots.