London Allotments – Interactive Map

Here is a list of all the allotments in London on our interactive map.  Zoom into your home borough to find a London allotment near you.

 

There is a serious lack of allotment sites — and in the past, those wanting to go green needed to join an extreme waiting list. Then the pandemic hit and had the effect of increasing the long wait for London allotments to unmanageable levels.

The total number of allotments in London adds up to a modest 741 sites with 40,000 individual plots. These sites span 32 boroughs — in prized areas such as Regents Park — though most are in Brent, Bromley, and Ealing.

Shrinking Availability

Though a full plot is more common, half plots are also an option on many sites. Plots still go by the measurement of perches and poles — each unit is equal to 250 square metres. Across the UK, there are 300,000 allotments, but this is a considerable reduction from the respectable 1.5 million plots of 1918.

Allotment interest is increasing, though the number of sites is reducing. The wait for an allotment plot is now so extreme that booking a plot should be a factor in a middle-aged Londoner’s retirement plan.

Even with the known benefits to the community and wildlife, allotments are thinning out. Soaring property prices in London are putting existing sites under threat of extinction. Over the past decade, London has lost over 40 allotment sites to other projects, increasing the time applicants spend on waiting lists.

Allotments are often under threat from the expiration of 100-year leases. Northfield lost part of its land to new housing developments, despite being a refuge for wildlife since 1832. Northfield Avenue of Ealing is now around 60-percent of its original size.

A recent target of lease expiry is the three-acre Park Road site, which was earmarked for property development. The Park Road allotment was rescued by the local community and council in 2021.

Waiting for Decades

Waiting lists for an allotment plot after an application are averaging out at 11 years. Patient gardeners from Camden can expect to wait over 18 years. In fact, of the 300 councils offering allotments, Camden was the area with the longest waiting time.

Other council areas are not much better, with waiting times for a Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth plot extending beyond 17 years. Islington residents can expect to wait over 13 years to realise their dreams for a plot.

Growing Interest

Despite the increase in property prices, the cost of renting an allotment remains well within affordable. Even in the most exclusive boroughs of London, an allotment can cost less than £100 per year, making them fantastic value for money.

Families are looking for a way to educate their children it the ways of how to cultivate. The increased cost of living, use of pesticides on crops, and reliance on imports are other incentives to grow self-reliant produce.

The desire to have a green space, to be able to grow a range of vegetables, and to become self-sufficient is becoming more common. The popularisation of solo-living is getting people into growing and enjoying time with nature.

Pressure to Plant

To combat this growing demand, there is an ongoing impetus for the creation of new allotments. Several societies are pushing for investment to drive such projects.

As a lasting solution, local councils need to repurpose the land currently occupied by disused and abandoned projects. But for the immediate future, we can expect the number of allotments in London to shrink further.

London Allotment Associations List

He’s is a  list of all the London allotment associations. Simply copy and paste them into Google to find more details. We had a live list of links but they kept changing the URLs, it was a full-time job keeping them maintained!

Addison Gardens Allotment Association, Kingston-upon-Thames

Alexandra Palace Allotment Association, Muswell Hill

Alric Avenue Allotments Association, New Malden

Barfield Allotment Society, Whetstone

Barnet Allotment Federation

Bells Hill Allotment Society, Barnet

Belmont Allotment Association, Sutton

Belmont Lane Allotments & Leisure Gardens, Bromley

Bensham Manor Allotment Society Ltd, Croydon

Biggin Hill Allotments Association, Bromley

Brentham Allotments & Gardens Society, Ealing

Bromley Allotments & Leisure Gardens Federation

Bromley Common Allotments

Brook Farm Allotments, Whetstone

Cavendish House Allotment Holders Association, Twickenham

Child’s Hill Allotments, Barnet

Church Road Allotment Association, Hanworth, Hounslow

Cole Park Allotments Association, Twickenham

Cottenham Park Allotments, Wimbledon

Dors Close Allotment Association, Wembley

Dorset Road Allotments & Leisure Gardens Society, Beckenham

Ealing Allotments Partnership

Ealing Dean Allotments Society

East Finchley Allotment Holders Association

Edgware Horticultural Society – Deans Lane Allotments

Eltham & Avery Hill Gardens Society

Finchley Horticultural Society

Framfield Allotments, Hanwell

Friends of Ascott Allotments, Ealing

Fulham Palace Meadows Allotment Association

Gander Green Allotments, Sutton

Glebelands Allotments (North Finchley Allotment Society)

Golders Green Allotment Association

Grange Lane Allotments, Camberwell

Grenville Allotment Garden, Islington

Grove Allotments, Dulwich

Grow Chiswick

Gunsite Allotment, Sydenham Hill

Hackney Allotment Society

Halliwick Park Allotment Holders’ Association, Barnet

Halls Farm Allotments & Leisure Gardens, Bromley

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association

Harland Avenue Allotment Society, Sidcup

Harrow in LEAF

Haslemere Allotments Association, Ealing

Hatherop Road Allotments, Hampton

Havelock Road Allotments, Merton

Hendon Grove Allotment Society, Barnet

Hillingdon Allotment & Horticultural Federation

Highgate Allotments Association, Haringey

Hoxton Manor Allotments, Waltham Forest

Joel Street Allotments, Hillingdon

Kent House Leisure Gardens, Sydenham

Kidbrooke Park Allotment Association, Greenwich

Kingston Federation of Allotment Gardeners

Kingston Vale Leisure Gardeners Association

Kitchen Garden Project, Kensington & Chelsea

Lettsom Allotments, Camberwell

Lettsom Gardens Association

Lewisham Community Gardens

Leytonstone Allotment Holders Association

London Allotments Network

Malmesbury Allotments, Bow

Manor Road Allotments, Richmond upon Thames

Martin Way Allotment Gardens Association, Morden

Mill Hill Garden & Allotment Society Ltd, Barnet

Muswell Hill Gardeners – list of allotment sites

New Barnet Allotment Society

North Hainault Allotment Holders Association

Number One Allotment, Chiswick

Oldfield Allotments, Northolt

One Tree Hill Allotment Society, Ryedale

Pampisford Road Allotments, Croydon

Park Hill Allotments & Garden Society, Croydon

Park Road Allotments, Isleworth, Hounslow

Pathways, Ealing

Pickhurst Green Allotment Association, Bromley

Pimp Hall Allotment Association, Chingford

Pine Walk Allotment, Bromley

Pippenhall Allotments, Greenwich

Pointalls Allotments, Finchley

Poverest Allotments, Orpington

Prior Street Gardens, Greenwich

Pudding Mill Allotments, Newham

Roehampton Garden Society, Wandsworth

Romford Smallholders Society

Rosendale Allotment Association, Dulwich

Royal Paddocks Allotments, Hampton Wick

Rush Green Allotments, Romford

Seven Kings & Goodmayes Allotment Society, Redbridge

Smitham Allotment Society, Croydon

South Croydon Allotment Society

Spa Hill Allotment Society Limited, Crystal Palace

Stepney City Farm

Stewart Avenue Allotments, Upminster

Tabard Allotments, Southwark

The Golf Course Allotments Association, Haringey

Thornfield Avenue Allotments, Barnet

Trencherfield Allotments, Waltham Forest

Vale Farm Horticultural Society, Barnet

Walthamstow Allotments

West Ham Allotment Society Limited, Newham

West Harrow Allotment & Garden Association

West Hendon Allotment Society

West Wickham Allotments Association

Whetstone Stray Allotments

Windmill Allotments, Brixton

Woodhouse Allotments, Barnet