Torquay Allotments have been providing plots since 1918
We manage four sites in Torquay, South Parks – Quinta – Beechfield & Stantaway
What is an Allotment?
Under UK Legislation An "allotment garden" is defined in the Allotments Act 1922 as:
“An allotment not exceeding forty poles in extent which is wholly or mainly cultivated by the occupier for the production of vegetable or fruit crops for consumption by himself or his family.”
Rods, poles and perches are different names for the same unit. dating back to Medieval ploughing done with oxen. 1 pole = 5.5 yards or 5.03 meters and 40 square poles is 1,210 square yards or 1,012 square meters.
Under the 1950 Allotment Act, the keeping of hens and rabbits is permitted on allotments and viewed as an allotment holder’s right, so long as they are for the tenants own use and not for business or profit.
(please check your tenancy agreement first, as in some circumstances your landlord may have included a clause relating to the keeping of animals, especially if they are a private landlord,)
This is a simplified definition of an Allotment and there are many more detailed descriptions online if you wish to read more on the subject.
But for those lucky enough to have an Allotment it can become an obsession for perfection, others see it as an escape from modern life and increasingly it is becoming a necessity for more family's trying to grow there own food as times get hard and money gets tight or they whant to know where there food comes from. What ever your reasion for having an Allotment the most important thing is to enjoy it.
Plant a Vegetable Patch
Want to grow your own fruit and vegetables You don't need hundreds of square meters of land to grow veg in, if you think you don’t have space well think again! It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a garden big enough to include a dedicated fruit and vegetable patch as any space you have whatever size it offers the potential to grow your own food. you can grow all most any ware like Hanging Baskets, Grow bags, Window Boxes, Veg Trugs, or Any other container! if it can hold some compost then you can grow in it
beetroot, carrots, lettuce, peas, strawberries, radishes, beans & spring onions. they will all grow easily in most small areas or pots as well as many types herbs on the window sill.
Go on give it a try
where lies the secret?
Do a little bit often don't try to do it all in one day.