Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Surrey, public allotments have been a cornerstone of community gardening in the UK for generations. These shared spaces have not only helped to bring people closer to nature but have also provided a platform for cultivating friendships and nurturing a love for gardening.
In this article, we take you on a tour of every public allotment in Surrey, giving you a comprehensive overview of the facilities and unique features that make each one worth a visit.
This page will be continually updated with allotments where the waiting list is open, though they may be few and far between.
Located in the bustling town of Guildford, this allotment has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. The site offers a variety of plot sizes, and its close proximity to the River Wey makes for an idyllic gardening experience. With a strong sense of community, the Guildford Allotments also boast a clubhouse where gardeners can share tips and tricks, and even host events throughout the year.
Just a short walk from Woking town centre, these well-maintained allotments offer over 400 plots spread across multiple sites. With excellent facilities, including a communal tool shed and secure storage, Woking Allotments cater to both novice and experienced gardeners alike. The Woking Allotment Association also runs regular workshops and social events, fostering a sense of camaraderie among plot holders.
Epsom and Ewell Allotments
Situated across several sites in Epsom and Ewell, these allotments are known for their rich, fertile soil and beautiful surroundings. Managed by the Epsom and Ewell Allotment Association, these plots are popular among local residents and offer a peaceful retreat from urban life. The association provides support and advice to gardeners, ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
Reigate and Banstead Allotments
Spread across various locations in Reigate and Banstead, these allotments have become a central part of the local community. With a focus on sustainability, the Reigate and Banstead Allotment Association encourages eco-friendly gardening practices, such as composting and rainwater harvesting. Plot holders can also participate in workshops and events to further their gardening knowledge and skills.
Located within the picturesque borough of Elmbridge, these allotments provide a tranquil oasis for gardening enthusiasts. Managed by the Elmbridge Allotment Association, the sites offer well-maintained facilities and the opportunity to grow a diverse range of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The association also organizes events and activities, such as seed swaps and plant sales, to help gardeners connect and learn from one another.
Mole Valley Allotments
Boasting an array of sites across the Mole Valley area, these allotments provide a beautiful backdrop for gardeners to grow their produce. Managed by the Mole Valley Allotment Association, each site offers a unique gardening experience with varying plot sizes and soil types. The association is dedicated to fostering a vibrant community of gardeners and organizes a range of activities, such as talks and workshops, to support its members.
Surrey’s public allotments offer a wealth of opportunities for gardeners of all skill levels to nurture their green thumbs and connect with like-minded individuals. From the bustling town centres of Guildford and Woking to the serene landscapes of Elmbridge and Mole Valley, Surrey’s allotments provide a diverse range of gardening experiences. With strong community support, excellent facilities, and a commitment to sustainable practices, Surrey’s allotments are sure to inspire and delight any gardening enthusiast.
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!