Allotments

Allotments in Maldon
Maldon Town Council manages 3 allotment sites within the town, with over 150 plots.

If you are a resident of Maldon town, and you are looking to start up a new hobby, wanting to improve your health and well-being or would simply just like to know where your fruit and vegetables come from – then why not have an allotment?

Allotments provide good value for money and can be a great way to relax and unwind. Having your own allotment is a year-round commitment; the daily watering, weeding and general maintenance during the growing season is time-consuming, and must be considered before becoming a tenant. 

 

 


Please contact the Town Council, either by telephone or email, if you would like to be added to the waiting list – 01621 857373 or email Jennifer at environment@maldontowncouncil.gov.uk


 

Maldon Town Council’s rules for having an allotment can be viewed here in the Allotment Tenancy Agreement which is issued at the start of the tenancy. All allotment holders should also abide by the Council’s burning times for bonfires.

All allotment plots are inspected approximately once every month throughout the growing season by the Council’s Environment Officer. Tenants with plots that are not deemed cultivated are sent a Notice to Quit unless cultivation is started within one month. A three-month grace period is given to all new allotment tenants. 

A plot is considered cultivated if 50% or more of the plot is in production, i.e. perennial fruit, flowers or vegetables, or soil is overturned. There should be little or no long vegetation on the allotment plot.

The growing season is generally between March and October (weather depending). Inspections normally start in late March and we would expect plots to be in cultivation by this time.

There can be many reasons why a plot is not being cultivated, as listed below; –

  • A Notice to Quit the plot has been served – tenants have a one-month period to remove their produce/tools.
  • A new tenant has just taken on the allotment plot are given a three-month grace period before the plot can be inspected.
  • The plot holder may be ill or experiencing personal problems that make it difficult to for them to work the plot for a period.

Most plots are given up when the allotment holder is struggling to maintain them and some can be in an uncultivated state. This does not necessarily mean that the plot has be uncultivated for some time, it could be just a few months of growth that have allowed the weeds to take hold. The first year of your allotment can involve a lot of time and dedication to maintain it and to get it to a standard that you are happy with. Fellow tenants are usually full of useful information that they are happy to share with new tenants. 

Contact the Environment Officer if you would like to swap to a smaller size plot when one becomes vacant. Environment Officer – 01621 857373 or environment@maldontowncouncil.gov.uk

Existing tenants will be considered for additional plots if there are no people on the Waiting List or the demand for plots on the site is low.

The Council will not remove rubbish from allotment plots. The removal of rubbish is down to the allotment holder to dispose of in a legal manner. No rubbish should be dumped or left on the allotment site.

Maldon Town Council will not rotavate your plot. We recommend that you view the allotment before you commit and sign the tenancy agreement.

Yes – tenants may erect a small shed to the approved specification, pending written consent from the Town Council. Permission to erect a shed will only be granted if a water butt, to collect rainwater from the shed roof, is attached, ensuring the allotments are as sustainable as possible. All details regarding the specification of the shed and its proposed location should be supplied in writing to the Council.

Approved Shed Specification Height: 2m, Length: 2m, Width: 1.5m – Material: wooden. The location of the shed must not affect neighbouring plots.

Yes – tenants may erect a small greenhouse to the approved specification, pending written consent from the Town Council. All details regarding the specification of the shed and its proposed location should be supplied in writing to the Town Council.

Approved Greenhouse Specification Height: 2m, Length: 2m, Width: 1.5m – the use of glass within its construction is forbidden. Plastic or polythene glazing is permitted.

Like sheds and greenhouses, poly-tunnels are only allowed on allotment plots with written consent from the Council. All details regarding its specification and its proposed location should be supplied in writing to the Council and each application will be considered individually.

Yes – tenants are permitted to keep chickens or rabbits on their plot with prior approval from the Town Council. A maximum of 7 hens (no cockerels) or 4 rabbits for the tenants’ own domestic use is permitted on plots over 100m2. A maximum of 3 hens and 2 rabbits can be kept on plots under 60m2.  

NO – trees and fruit bushes that require more than 12 months to mature must not be planted without written consent from the Town Council.

The Town Council maintains the main allotment pathways and it is the responsibility of tenants to maintain the smaller paths, either side of their plots. It is important to keep these pathways cut and clear of obstructions.

Yes – the water supply is switched off over the winter to ensure that the pipes are not frost damaged. The water is usually turned off between November and March, depending on the weather.

Burning of allotment waste, in dustbin style incinerators, is permitted only on; 1st and 3rd
Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Fires must be started after 2pm and extinguished before the tenant leaves the site. 

 

RHS Gardening

 

The National Allotment Society

 

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