Cultivation and Allotment use

Cultivation and Allotment Use Policy and Standard Document.

The primary purpose of an allotment is for the cultivation and growing of vegetables, fruit, herbs and ornamental flowers. Your allotment must be used for this purpose.

Plots must be fully cultivated and weed free. This is a basic requirement. To eradicate as much doubt as possible, and in keeping with other societies and associations the Committee have decided to be more definitive about what is acceptable as “fully cultivated”. Our agreed standards are as follows.

Full cultivation, definitions and allowable crops

The cultivated area is defined as being cultivated for the production of the allowable crops and will be a minimum of 75% of each individual plot(s). The 75% of each plot available for open cultivation should be fully cultivated within a complete growing season. This area includes compost bins fruit cages, water butts and internal plot paths 45cm/18inches in width or under.

The remaining 25% of any plot will include sheds, lawns, ponds, large uncultivated areas under fruit trees and any other ground not being used for cultivation. These areas should not be left to grow wild and should be managed. Internal plot paths will be included in this area if they are wider than 45cm/18inches.

Although it is recognised that conserving wildlife is an important function of allotments, the Committee recognise that the boundaries are already natural wildlife areas and an uncultivated area just left to go wild is not acceptable on any part of a plot.

Allowable crops are defined as vegetables, fruit, herbs and ornamental flowers.

Full cultivation is considered to mean at least one of the following:

  1. The plot is in readiness for growing.
  2. The plot is well stocked with growing produce relevant to the time of the year.
  3. The plot is in the process of being prepared for the allowable crops or season.

Uncultivated and neglected plots

The Committee recognises that taking on an allotment can be a big commitment. One of the most difficult issues for the Committee is issuing letters where plot holders have not achieved the cultivation standards. The Committee does its utmost to apply the standards fairly. The Committee recognises that every tenant has his/her own personal circumstances that impact on and can influence their ability to attain the agreed standards. However, the Committee acknowledges that the Society has to be managed in a professional way and that every plot holder has to share that responsibility.

If you cannot commit the time necessary and you are struggling to keep your plot cultivated, talk to a Committee member or write to the Committee at the earliest opportunity.

You must keep the allotment in cultivation, keep weeds under control and maintain the soil in a healthy and fertile state at all times. Any plot where ground is annually cleared of weeds and not used for crop production for a period of one year will be deemed to be un-cultivated.

Cultivation and Allotment Use Policy and Standard Document.

New Tenants

The Committee will expect New Tenants taking up a plot to commence cultivation of the plot immediately. The Committee will expect you to have 25% of the plot fully cultivated and planted or ready for planting within two months.

You will be expected to have achieved the 75% full cultivation after four/five/six months or sooner (This will be dependent on the condition of the plot you take over). During this period you must demonstrate continuous progress towards full cultivation.

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