Our Allotments

Although working an allotment requires a few hours commitment each week from Spring through to Autumn, growing your own vegetables and fruit on an allotment garden is a great way to get outdoors, be active and eat well.

Cultivation of the site’s fertile land has enhanced its productivity, so with a little effort and good management a large variety of crops can be produced, including soft fruit and a broad range of vegetables.
The usual range of potatoes, beans, brassicas and roots is complimented by more exotic crops, like asparagus and celeriac.   Rhubard abounds, and Apple, pear and cherry trees have appeared alongside the blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and currants.

Access to the Allotments
An unmade lane provides access to the allotment site which, because it doesn’t lead to anywhere else, is strictly for the use of allotment holders only.

Parking and Deliveries
As well as offering limited parking for allotment holders, it also provides access for authorised tractors to the site for the delivery of compost and manure.

No Public Right of Way
Recently installed signage clearly indicates that neither the lane nor the allotment site offer any public right of way for tourists, dog walkers or anyone else who is not actually renting an allotment plot.

The Parish Council is duty bound to deter and, if necessary, prosecute trespassers who access this council managed land.

It has also installed new day/night vision CCTV cameras to monitor all foot and vehicular traffic both on the lane and around the allotment site.

The Knapton Allotment Association

The Knapton Allotment Association manages the site on behalf of the landlord, Knapton Parish Council, ensuring that all plot holders respect their tenancy agreement and operate within the Conditions of Use.

The Association operates in a clear and transparent manner for the good of all the allotment holders and any plot holder that wishes to join should speak to Patrick or Diane on the site.

Currently, the officers are…

Chairman & Site Manager
Patrick Lee

patrick.lee@knaptonvillage.org
(01263) 721335

Treasurer & Secretary
Diane Manley
diane.manley@knaptonvillage.org
(01263) 721508

Site Management

The day to day running of the site is managed by the Chairman of the Allotment Association, Pat Lee.
Pat is also Vice-Chairman of Knapton Parish Council and the councillor responsible for Allotments whose role it is to;

  • to ensure the security and integrity of this private site
  • to maintain the allotment site
  • to represent the views of the allotment holders at the Parish Council meetings

This all means that Pat is perfectly placed to liaise between the Allotment Association and the Parish Council on behalf of both parties and oversee the day-to-day running of the allotment site.

He also arranges for deliveries of manure for plot holders and takes the necessary action when a plot holder gives their plot back.

The Plots

The Numbers
There are a total of 22 plots in 3 sizes in 3.2 acres of land.

Each plot has a narrow access path either side of it and each plot holder must maintain the path on the west side of their plot (the side nearest to Hall Lane).
The allotment plot sizes are currently;

  • full plots of 43 poles, measuring 92m by 12m  –  100yds by 13yds
  • half plots of 21.5 poles, measuring 46m by 12m  –  50yds by 13yds
  • third plots of 14 poles, measuring 30m by 12m  –  33yds by 13yds

For those who aren’t sure, or may have forgotten…
1 pole =5½ yards x 5½ yards  =  30.25 sq. yds.  =  25.30 m2

The Rents

Annual Rent
The annual rental payment per plot is set by Knapton Parish Council and is payable annually in advance on or before 11th October of each year.

The annual plot rentals for 2019-20 are;

  • £15 for a full plot
  • £7.50 for a half of a plot
  • £5 for a third of a plot

Three months notice will be given by Knapton Parish Council to each plot holder for any changes made to these annual rental amounts, with the revised amount taking effect on the next annual renewal date of 11th October.

Applying for a Plot on the Parish Council Allotment

Before you apply…
We suggest that before anyone makes an application for a plot, they read both the Tenancy Agreement and the Allotment Conditions of Use (which forms part of the agreement), because every tenant has to sign them both.

How to apply…
You can apply to rent an allotment plot in a number of ways.   You can…

complete our on-line Contact Form, selecting Allotments from the drop-down list

have a chat with the Association Chairman at the next Parish Council meeting

Once your application has been vetted and accepted, we will contact you with details of any plots available.

If none are available immediately, your name will be added to the Allotment Waiting List.

Plot Choice
If you are interested in renting a plot and you reside within the Knapton Parish, we’d be happy to show you around and give you the opportunity to view the available plot before deciding whether to take it on.

Plot Deposit
All new plot owners are required to pay a deposit of £20 before a plot is allocated.   This is due to the Parish Council retaining the right to reclaim from a departing tenant the cost of restoring their plot to a tenantable condition, should it be necessary.
However the Parish Council will not cause hardship and will be considerate towards any applicant with a limited ability to pay that it believes could enjoy the benefits of allotment gardening.

This deposit is returnable upon termination of the tenancy, if the plot is relinquished in a clean and tidy tenantable state.

Plot Acceptance
Plots are issued on an annually renewable basis and all plot holders are asked to sign a new 12-month Tenancy Agreement each year with effect from 11th October.
Once both parties have agreed, the paperwork is done and all necessary monies paid over, the plot is passed to the tenant for them to use within the Allotment Conditions of Use to grow fruit and vegetables for their table.

Many of our allotment holders give some of their crop to local charities and Care Homes and most are often seen swapping fruit or veg between themselves on the site.
That’s nice…

Allotment Plot Waiting List
Because our allotments are popular and plots are not always available, there is an official Waiting List which is managed by the Allotment Association.

The policy for maintaining this list, which ensures complete transparency and fairness for all applicants, operates as follows;

  • residents of Knapton Parish will always be given preference over non-residents
  • plots are allocated in order of the date that we received the application
  • applicants that choose to refuse an available plot on two separate occasions will be put to the bottom of the Waiting List, as it is at that time
  • parishioners who do not already have an allotment will take priority over parishioners who already hold a plot
  • new, inexperienced plot holders may be allocated smaller sized plots initially
  • existing smaller plot holders may be given first refusal on an adjacent additional smaller plot (only if there is no waiting list)
  • existing plot holders may be offered a full size plot on relinquishment of a smaller plot, subject to availability (official request required)
  • no more than one full size plot per plot holder (unless there is no waiting list)

The Association will advise the next person on the Waiting List as soon as it receives notification from the holding tenant that the plot will become available and when their tenancy could start (which could be several months later)
Should that applicant not want the available plot, it will be passed to the next applicant on the list, and so on.

Information for existing plot holders regarding structures

Structures Policy
Any tenant wishing to erect a structure (shed, greenhouse, poly tunnel etc.) on their rented plot should first read Knapton Parish Council’s Allotment Structures Policy.
This document clearly defines what is acceptable and what is not, which may save everyone involved a lot of time.

Structure Permission Form
If the tenant wishes to proceed, they must obtain permission from the Parish Council before erection of any structure begins, by completing the form Annexe 1, The Allotment Structure Permission Form and submitting it to the Parish Council.   Your request will then be considered and you will be sent a written notification of the decision.

As a general guideline 7ft x 5ft is the maximum size of a shed, and 8ft is the maximum height, that would be permissible for any shed on the allotments. However, each plan is considered individually within the context of the plot, and a written request from the plot holder is always required even if the proposed structure falls within the guidelines.

Please be aware that tenants who erect unauthorised sheds or other structures may be given 14 days’ notice to remove the structure, or risk forfeiting their tenancy.

Some FAQs that might help…

The allotment I have been allocated is overgrown, will you clear it for me?
No. We do not clear plots before letting them and some of them might be overgrown when we re-let them.
Whilst some plots are handed back to the Council in good condition, most are not, even though it is made very clear to tenants that they will lose their deposits if their allotment is not handed back in a clear and tidy state.   If you have any concerns with the condition of the plot, please let us know before accepting the tenancy

There is a lot of rubbish on my plot, will you take it away for me?
Generally no.   You must let us know before accepting your tenancy about any waste on the plot that will need to be moved.  We might offer to assist and to remove some large items of non-organic waste, if necessary by prior agreement, but the decision to do this is made on a case by case basis.
When clearing your plot it might be that you subsequently unearth a lot of waste.   We may ask for a contribution towards removal, if you need our assistance

Do I need to apply for permission to put up a shed, greenhouse or poly-tunnel on my plot?
Yes.
You can view or download our Structures Policy document here, which will clarify the Parish Council’s rules on this.
You can view or download the Annexe One – Structure Permission Form here, which you will need to complete if you want to erect a structure.
We usually respond within 5 working days of receiving the application

Is water provided on site?
No. All tenants are encouraged to collect their own rainwater.  It is also compulsory to do so if a tenant has a shed or a greenhouse on their plot.
We do NOT allow the use of hose pipes

Will the Allotment Association arrange for deliveries of manure or compost to the site?
Occasionally, if requested by allotment holders

What can I do with the organic waste from my plot which can’t be composted?
The Council does not collect organic waste from our allotments, however, you can bag it up and place in your recycling bin at home

My husband/wife/partner/friend who I was working the plot with no longer wants to do it/has died/moved away/is ill – can I transfer the Allotment Tenancy Agreement into my name?
Yes you can, as long as you are resident in the parish and you have been seen to be actively working the allotment.

I have moved out of the parish, but I can still travel to the allotment site, is this ok?
Our allotments will only be rented to parish residents.   If a resident with an allotment moves out of the parish, they may;

  • give notice but retain the allotment until the next annual renewal date in October to allow them time to harvest their crop, but then they must give them up
  • hand the allotment back at the time of their move

I have moved but I still reside in the parish, do I need to let anyone know?
Yes please, kindly email the Association Secretary use our Contact Form (selecting Allotments from the drop-down list) here on-line to let them know your new address so they can amend our records