FAQs

If you have a routine enquiry about your allotment plot, please feel free to browse through the most common questions. If your question is not answered, please log an issue and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How much do allotments cost?

A:

When you first get offered an allotment, you will be asked to pay a £15 administration fee.

After that, rent is due each year. For allotments with water access, the cost per year is £73.14. For allotments with no water access, the cost per year is £36.04.

When and how do I pay?

A:

You should pay your administration fee when you sign and return your tenancy agreement. You can pay this via the website, by cheque (made payable to Groundwork Sheffield) or postal order.

Annual rental payments should be made upon invoicing, which will happen in November of each year. Barnsley Council will invoice you and you should pay the rent according to the instructions on the invoice.

How can I get a plot?

A:

Our plots are very popular and many sites have waiting lists. In order to request a plot, please fill in the form here. If you would like to see how many people are on each waiting list, please click here.

I don’t want my plot any more. How can I cancel it

A:

Please fill out a cancellation form here.

I want an allotment but you said there is a waiting list. I’ve been to the site and there are empty plots. Why can’t I have one?

A:

Despite these plots being empty, they are still being leased to someone who is paying rent. We regularly visit allotment sites and if we see unused plots, we will contact the owner to either ask them to use the plot or to give the plot up so someone else can have it. This process takes a certain amount of time so any vacant plots will soon be dealt with. 

Can I use my allotments to grow food to sell for my business?

A:

You are not permitted to use your allotment for any trade purposes.

Can I sublet some or all of my allotment to a friend/family member?

A:

Subletting is not permitted within the tenancy agreement.

There is a problem with my plot and/or another plot on the site

A:

Please raise this issue here so our Allotment Manager can contact the plot holder directly.

Can I keep animals on my plot?

A:

You can keep rabbits, pigeons and hens on your plot but this must not take up more than one third of your total plot size. You are not permitted to keep any other animals or livestock on your plot without prior written consent from Groundwork South Yorkshire. 

Can I build on my allotment or put up a fence?

A:

You cannot make any structural changes (such as sheds, structures or internal fences) to your plot without the prior written consent of Groundwork South Yorkshire. 

Can I have a fire on my plot?

A:

Yes but please consider the residents around you. For example, if people living nearby have their washing out, please refrain from having a fire. All fires should be contained to your plot and should be small enough so that they do not affect any fences, surrounding vegetation or neighbouring plots. 


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