Parks, leisure and the arts Management of our allotment sites

Keeping our allotments safe

  • children and visitors are allowed but tenants must keep them on their allocated plot for their own safety and consideration to others 
  • dogs must be kept under control at all times and not allowed to roam freely onto other plots without the other plot holder's permission;  any dog fouling, on or off the plot, must be collected by the owner and disposed of off-site 
  • no waste should be brought in from outside and left on the allotment 
  • fires of any kind are prohibited on allotments  
  • no person is permitted to carry weapons.  

Vandalism, theft and damage 

If you believe a theft or crime has been committed on the site, report it to the Police on the non-emergency number 101. Sometimes people think that there is no point notifying the police about these issues but please do as it helps them monitor and tackle crime in the area.  

In addition to notifying the police, report this to us so we can take any appropriate action. 

There are some simple steps that can make your plot more secure: 

  • make sure all your tools etc are put away out of sight; it is advisable to take tools and valuable equipment home with you 
  • security mark all your property - put a sign warning potential thieves that your property is security marked 
  • make sure any structures can be secured 
  • try not to keep large quantities of flammable liquids or rubbish in your shed or plot as these can be targets for arsonists 
  • consider planting ‘spikey’ plants around the perimeter of your plot as these will discourage people from climbing over fences etc. 

Anti-social behaviour  

Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on our allotment sites. All allotment users should be able to attend to their plot without fear and harassment.

If you experience anti-social behaviour, from another tenant or someone else on an allotment site, please report it to your Site Association.    

Find out more about anti-social behaviour and how to report it

Allotment tenants should also note that the Council has a zero-tolerance approach towards any incident involving abuse or harassment against our staff. All staff have the right to work in a safe environment where they are protected from abuse or harassment.  

If an anti-social behaviour or third party harassment investigation finds the allegations to be true, tenants will have their tenancy revoked. 

Bonfires and fires 

Bonfires cause a number of issues including air pollution, health and safety risks and annoyance to residents in the surrounding area.  

We do not allow bonfires or any other kind of burner on allotment sites, we encourage tenants to compost rather than burn or to dispose of materials by using a local reclamation site. 

Find out more about the hazards of burning garden waste

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