Frequently Asked Questions

N.B. Please see our tenancy agreement to ensure that you are in keeping with our policies and to avoid any prosecution.

Who can have a plot? Anyone over the age of 16. Residents within our parish take priority on waiting lists.

Who to report crimes to? The Police or WGTC

Rent - A tenancy review will take place yearly in October.

What if I’m ill or cannot maintain my plot for other reasons? The tenant or a relative should notify the Council in writing.

What can I use my plot for? Only for the purpose of growing vegetables, fruit, flowers or lawn for his/her family’s domestic use not for any trade or business

Can I have a fence? Only with the written consent of the Council. It should not be any higher than 1.2 metres around the perimeter of the allotment plot.

Can I use spraying weed control methods? Only when there is no wind or other people around and must be used and stored in line with the current legislation.

Can I have large vehicles access the site? Permission from the council is required for any delivery that requires a vehicle larger than a small van/car.

What happens if I cause damage on the site? Damage caused to any roads, paths, gates, fences, sheds or any other Council property shall repaired at the cost to the tenant. Failure to repair or non-payment of these charges will result in termination of tenancy.

Can someone else share my plot? You can complete a plot sharer form. The tenant is responsible for their plot sharer.

What livestock can I have on my plot? The Tenant shall not keep any livestock (as permitted by statute) on the allotment without prior written consent of the Council. No Cockerels are permitted. The council’s policies on keeping rabbits, hens and bees must be adhered to at all times. If a bee’s nest is found please contact the Bee Keeping Association for advice.

Can I dispose of rubbish on my plot or the site? Tenants are not allowed to bring any rubbish for the purposes of disposal. The tenant must remove all rubbish belonging to them on or before expiry of tenancy.

Can I bring my dog or pets to the site? The tenant shall not bring onto the allotment site any dog unless it is held at all times on a leash, and remains on the tenants plot only. Any fouling must be removed and disposed of offsite by the tenant.

Can I have another key? Keys are available to purchase from the town hall. The tenant shall not make duplicate keys to access the Allotment. Access gates shall be closed and locked at all times after access and exit.

What if I move house? Notice should be given in writing to the Allotment Officer of any change in address within 28 days of such a change.

Can I have a bonfire? Avoid lighting a bonfire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days. If it is windy, smoke may be blown into neighbouring gardens, please be considerate of nearby houses or other plot users. Bonfires must not be left unattended and must be extinguished before the plot holder leaves site

Can I bring people to the site? Tenants bringing children and family onto the allotment garden must be responsible for their safety and keep all visitors within the boundary of the plot. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times unless a prior arrangement is made with the Town Council. Children, visitors and tenants must not trespass on any other plots or take produce or equipment without prior permission, including fruit from established trees

Does the council provide insurance for the site? Yes for the general Allotment site but Allotment holders must provide contents and public liability insurance for their own plot. This is not covered by the council insurance.

What is available on allotment sites? Water is available from wells at Hodge Furze, depending on rainfall, the wells may have dried up (please note this is not often). Stacey Hill has mains running water; to draw the water up a bucket needs to be filled and the stand pipe to prime it for water to come out. Old Wolverton also has mains running water.

Toilets: Portaloos at Hodge Furze and Stacey Hill. Old Wolverton site has a macerator loo.

Raised beds: These beds have been installed at Stacey Hill to allow for easier access to growing space for elderly and physically restricted/disabled plot holders.

Can I have a pond? Permission must be sought from the Council and must be fenced or covered for safety. Ponds must not be filled using well or mains water.

Why do I need to pay a plot deposit? The plot deposit ensures that when the plot is relinquished, that it is returned back in good condition and is free from rubbish or hazardous items.

Where is my allotment plot deposit held? This is held under a separate budget account and is returned when the plot has been inspected by the reps, if the plot is not returned in a reasonable state the deposit will not be refunded.