Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We have created this page to enable any frequently asked questions to be answered here. 

Q: What are the size guidelines used to categorise a plot?

  A: Category A* or M (Mini plot ) – up to 100 sq yds     

Category A (Small) – 101-200 sq yds    

 Category B or C (Standard) – 201-400 sq yds     

Category D or E (Large) – 401-600 sq yds

Q: Can I use a hosepipe on my plot?

A: Hosepipes are only permitted to fill water containers (NOTE Excluding the 1000l containers.) Tenants must not water crops directly from a hosepipe. If you are found doing so, you can lose your tenancy.

Q: Is there a maximum size for structures on allotments?

A: There are maximum sizes for structures on allotment plots . All structures (greenhouses, poly tunnels and sheds) must not occupy more that 25% of the area of a plot. Association secretaries will be able to inform on the maximum size and where to place them, you should consult with your Association before purchasing.

Q: Can I have a bonfire on my plot?

A: Yes, bonfires are permitted on allotments/plots. However, there are strict rules regarding bonfires which must be adhered to.

A:  Bonfires are only permitted during the month of November for the burning of diseased plant material. Fires should not be allowed to cause a nuisance to neighbouring residents and under no circumstances should be left unattended. Where local circumstances necessitate, bonfires may not be permitted at any time.

Q: Can I have bees on my allotment?

A: Yes. However, any proposal to site hives on an allotment plot must be agreed in advance with the Allotment Association.

Beekeepers must have public liability insurance and be a member of the National Bee Keepers Association.

Q: Can I keep chickens on my plot?

A: Yes. However, the husbandry conditions laid down by the City Council must be observed.