If you’re considering getting an allotment plot, one of the first questions that might come to mind is how much it will cost per month. In this article, we will discuss the average monthly cost of allotment rent in the UK and delve into additional expenses you may encounter while maintaining your plot.
Average Monthly Allotment Rent
The cost of renting an allotment plot in the UK can vary depending on the plot size, location, and local council or private allotment association in charge. We have been collating allotment price data for compiling our allotment database – this is how we arrived at the average figure. This data is based on 87 different allotments. As we contact more allotment associations over time this figure will be updated. We expect prices to ruse this year like everything else.
As a general guide, the average annual rent for a standard 10-rod plot (approximately 250 square meters) ranges from £25 to £125 per year. This translates to a monthly cost of roughly £2 to £10.
It’s worth noting that many allotment sites offer concessions for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, or those on low incomes. Additionally, some sites have different pricing structures for smaller “half plots” or “quarter plots,” which can be more affordable options for those with limited time or budget.
Additional Allotment Expenses
Aside from the monthly rent, allotment gardeners should be prepared for additional costs associated with maintaining their plot. These expenses can include:
- Tools and Equipment: You will need essential gardening tools such as spades, forks, trowels, and secateurs, as well as equipment like wheelbarrows, watering cans, or hoses. While some tools can be expensive, investing in quality equipment will often save you money in the long run.
- Seeds and Plants: Purchasing seeds, seedlings, or young plants can be a significant expense, especially during the initial setup of your allotment, when you might have to clear the plot and start from scratch. However, you can reduce costs by saving seeds from previous crops, swapping seeds with fellow gardeners, or buying in bulk.
- Compost and Fertilizers: Good quality compost and fertilizers are essential for healthy plant growth. While you can create your own compost from kitchen and garden waste, you may still need to purchase additional compost or fertilizers to supplement your soil.
- Pest Control and Protective Measures: Allotments can be prone to pests and diseases, so you may need to invest in pest control products or physical barriers like netting, fencing, or slug traps to protect your plants.
- Infrastructure: Depending on your plot and gardening plans, you may need to invest in infrastructure such as raised beds, greenhouses, polytunnels, or sheds. While these items can be costly upfront, they can greatly enhance your gardening experience and improve your plot’s productivity.
Brian Sheridan has an allotment in Edgbaston and is a competitive grower. Brian is also a keen photographer and loves cooking. Brian and his wife Mary will also be running a stall at Edgebaston artisan market this year, selling products made from the allotment, including his award-winning relish!