If you have further questions that have not been answered with our FAQ’s, please in the first instance, ask your site representative and secondly, if the site representative is unable to advise, submit a query using our Contact Form. Also, if you would like advice on gardening matters, add them to the posts on our Facebook Page, and the wider community may be able to assist.
Rent has been negotiated with the council and is a competitive £59/ year for a full plot (1/16th acre) and £29.50 for a half plot (1/32nd acre). This is payable in October for the forthcoming year. Invoices will be sent out and will include details on how to pay online. If you take on an allotment partway through the year there is a pro-rata fee to pay. There are concessions available if you are in receipt of certain benefits or pension. For more details, please see the Allotment Charges details or contact us via the contact page.
If you have too much of something which is ready to harvest, and needs to be taken all at once, then rather than let it go to waste, or putting it onto your compost heap, consider other ways to ensure that it doesn’t go to waste. Offer to friends, family and neighbours; Swap with your allotment neighbours; or donate to local charity if you can find one – Local Hospices & Care Homes are often willing to take suitable produce.
There is a process and requirements for keeping livestock on your plot. Have a look at the policy on keeping livestock on the information section, and if you would like further information, have a chat with your site rep or other plot holders who already have livestock.
Bonfires can cause concern for other plot holders and allotment site neighbours, therefore we recommend you only have a bonfire if it is actually necessary, please see the WCC guidelines surrounding bonfires and ensure that you consider others when setting a bonfire and that you are aware of any wildlife that may be in the bonfire pile if it has been stood before lighting.
Being a plot holder, you can join the Allotment Shop, here you will be able to purchase items like seeds, compost, materials etc. all at a competitive price.
Also, there are often items offered for free on local Freecycle, Freegle, Gumtree and Nextdoor sites. Other potential sources to consider are Facebook Marketplace, Worcester Resource Exchange, Worcester Council Composting and the local Transition Network.
There are many websites and books to advise what can be composted, and methods to do this, Worcester County Council have a deal with Get Composting for deals on compost bins, however there are lots of useful tips on their website too. Please bear in mind that bringing external sources of organic matter may constitute unlawful disposal. Please speak to your site rep for more guidance.
Worcester, as a City, is known for the amount of slow worms in our green spaces. These legless lizards are completely harmless and beneficial in allotments as they eat slugs and snails. Like all lizards they heat their bodies using the warmth from the sun and will often bask under a metal sheet. If you find some of these beautiful creatures, please treat them with respect, unless necessary do not pick them up as they may shed their tails, also, as the numbers are depleting please report sightings to Worcester Wildlife trust. Further information can be found in the info sheet Slow Worms.
The use of water from the standpipes is included in you plot rent, but please be aware that other users may need to use them. You can use the standpipe but you can not attach a permanent hose connection; the tap should be available to all nearby allotment holders. However, it is advised that recycling rain water is a better option, as the natural water is better for plants, if you have the option to gather rainwater from a shed or greenhouse etc. look to obtain a waterbutt for your plot, these are readily available in shops and through the council. Remember the more you water the more the plants will rely on it so better to be conservative.
Your Site Representative is there to primarily represent the site’s plotholders as Tenants of the Council, and to manage the relationship directly with the Council.
To achieve this s/he is always be willing to hear your views and requirements, and should always be your first port of call with any queries, concerns, issues or disputes.
S/he voluntarily takes on the role of monitoring the Waiting, and Vacant Plots Lists for the site, and leads the process of letting any vacant plots to those waiting for one.
They will also take forward your, and your sites views & requirements to the Worcester Allotment Forum in its regular meetings with representatives of the Council (Your Landlord).
Secondarily s/he also provides a support role to the Council to help ensure a cost-effective and efficient service from them. This includes keeping an eye on the site in general, and the state of cultivation of the plots on it. Any concerns are raised with the Council directly, and/or through the Forum as appropriate, for the Council to resolve.
A more detailed account of the role is set out in the Site Rep’s Role.
The site representatives carry out continual surveillance of the site, and all the plots on it. In principle this comprises of a more formal inspection no less than twice a year.
Site inspections look at the state of cultivation & maintenance of the plots to confirm that the minimum Cultivation / Inspection Guidelines are being met. These can be found by following the link above, and were set out in the Welcome Pack provided to you at the start of your tenancy.
If you have any queries concerning these Guidelines, or if you are struggling to meet these requirements, and to manage and cultivate your plot, then please get in touch with your Site Rep. for advice on how to proceed. For only if s/he understands your circumstances will s/he be able to apply due consideration when carrying out an inspection.
If your site is unfortunate and there is vandalism or theft, please contact the police on the non-emergency line and report it, thus being given a incident number. Please then pass this incident number and details onto your site representative so that they can advise other plotholders.
When you become a tenant you will be advised of the security code to the gate to your site. Please make sure you always lock the gate to maintain site security. For your initial viewing of the site, the site representative will meet you there and advise directions if you are unfamiliar with the area.
If you have deliveries to site, e.g. manure, then you must ensure that you are there to accept the delivery and open the gates, please do not distribute the code. If you cannot remember the details, these will also be held by the Worcestershire Hub (01905 722333) and your site representative. Should the code be changed, all plot holders will be advised of the change by WCC.
Unfortunately, no. We can record a co worker on your tenancy agreement who is permitted to work your plot without your presence, however the contract is between yourself and the council. If you should give up you plot, the Council may allocate the plot to an individual who has been a named co-worker with the named tenant. The Council will consider any such requests on a case by case basis and the Council’s decision is final. There is no charge to make someone a co-worker.
As the tenancy agreement is a legal document between yourself and Worcester City Council, you must notify Worcester City Council either in writing or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Worcester City Council cannot accept telephone instructions. Notification has to be given to Worcester City Council and not to the Site Representatives.