Allotment gardening provides a wide range of benefits to communities and the environment. It is also a considerable source of joy for gardeners and can provide you with plenty of fresh produce and exercise. There are 17 allotment sites in Croydon. Their management is a mix of independent allotment societies and sites directly let by Croydon Council.
Allotment plot rental costs
A full allotment plot is approximately 250 square metres and is designed to feed a family of 4, all year round.
A half plot (125 square metres) is recommended as a good starting point for those with less experience.
Leasing a full plot on a direct let site costs £39 per year. Plots leased from organisations other than the council start at around £40 per year.
Council allotments offer 50% discount to:
- those in receipt of state pension
- those in receipt of state employment benefits
- registered disabled people
You will need to provide evidence that you meet any of the above criteria.
From 1 October 2020 yearly rent will increase to £58.50 for a full plot.
Managing your allotment
Managing an allotment requires commitment. Croydon Council will work in partnership with Allotment Societies to ensure that allotments are being cultivated by plotholders.
In the interest of fairness to individuals on the allotment waiting list, Croydon Council reserves the right (stipulated within the leaseholder agreement) to assign new plotholders to allotments that do not meet cultivation standards.
How to get an allotment plot
To rent an allotment plot from Croydon Council you must live within the London Borough of Croydon.
Allotments can be used for fruit/vegetable cultivation and the keeping of hens or rabbits. Across our allotment sites we also have designated plots for beekeeping. A specific beekeeping plot waiting list exists which is separate to the standard allotment waiting list. When applying to be on the waiting list please specify that you are interested in a beekeeping plot if applicable.
All allotment sites currently have waiting lists. To be added to a waiting list for an "Independent allotment society" please contact sites directly.
To be added to a waiting list for a Council allotment Please complete and return the application form within the Allotment Information Pack or complete the Online Waiting List form
Please consider the location of independent and direct let sites in relation to your home.