Allotment gardening provides a wide range of benefits to communities and the environment.
Apart from providing low cost food, they also provide valuable recreational opportunities involving healthy activity and social contacts. Allotments are significant to our green spaces and provide habitats for many forms of wildlife.
Taking on an allotment plot is not all hard work; it can have many advantages, providing fresh home grown vegetables, fruit and flowers for you and your family, free from artificial additives and at a fraction of that you would have expected to pay in a supermarket or greengrocer.
There is also the social side, meeting new friends with similar interests and enabling you to enjoy a healthy outdoor life with gentle exercise and a place to relax and unwind.
Allotments have evolved through a rich and varied history of social and economic change, the most notable being the second world war where the public were encouraged to 'Grow your own greens' and 'Dig for Victory'. The first legislative reforms date back to the Enclosures Act of 1845.
As a district council we manage eight local allotment sites which have over 180 plots. The allotment waiting list for all our managed sites is once again open. If you would like to apply for an allotment then please follow the link in the menu on the left hand side of this page and complete the application form listing your preferred site/s. Your details will then be added to our database and when a plot becomes available at your chosen site/s the site allotment secretary will contact you.
Other opportunities can exist for an allotment plot within the district through Parish Councils. Contact your local Parish Clerk to see if a plot is available within your area.
Derbyshire County Council are aiming to tackle the problem of allotment waiting lists across the county by searching for suitable land to hand over to community groups. If your gardening group or association would be interested in running allotments in Derbyshire please register your interest.
To find out more about allotment gardening The National Allotment Society are the recognised national representative body for allotment gardening in the UK.
Another scheme which might be of interest is the Land share Scheme currently being run by River Cottage across the whole of the UK.
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