//Taking On An Allotment
Taking On An Allotment2018-05-14T15:41:47+00:00

Photos courtesy of the Kenidjack Allotments Association

What should I know about getting an allotment in Cornwall?

Many people like the idea of having an allotment. It’s obviously a wonderful way to gain access to more space on which to grow things. And, in the process, you get fit and meet a like minded community of others who are also into the same idea. It’s a great way to learn more about growing your own food.  Through trial and error and through the support of others.

An allotment…your plot…is a great place to chill out.

We talked to Deb Pepper from the Kenidjack allotments, in St. Just near Land’s End, who says “for those with stressful jobs, or lives, then an allotment…your plot…is a great place to chill out with a flask of tea. The therapeutic benefits of being outdoors and observing nature is priceless!”

She would “encourage anyone of any age or experience to have an allotment”. However, she recommends taking an allotment on with your eyes wide open.  Deb says you need to ask yourself honestly how much time you really have to spare.  She explains that ‘this is because of the twenty allotments we have, the ones that have been given up or passed on most frequently, are those belonging to young families who have all the best intentions and are fit enough, but just find they have hugely underestimated the commitment (time-wise) that is needed to cultivate, sow, tend and harvest a plot… even a half plot has been a struggle for most. When such an activity becomes a struggle it is no longer fun or exciting but more a chore and an added stress and where is the pleasure in that?”

Deb’s Top Tips When Starting Out:

  • Think about how much time you have on your hands

  • Consider sharing a plot with someone else

  • Take time to read up on things, discuss and plan

  • Don’t cultivate your plot all in one go

  • Grow things you will actually want to eat!

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with some things.

  • Don’t forget to record what does well, so you can grow that variety again.

How much time do I realistically need?

It’s hard to say definitively because it depends entirely on what you desire to grow and how complex your plans are likely to but bear in mind that it may not just be you who is giving their time up to manage your plot. If you have young children, they may need to come with you. How often will they find that enjoyable. Remember that the experience needs to be fun, not a chore. Deb says that  “realistically you need at least an afternoon per week during the spring and summer months. Less in the winter but more when you are harvesting crops.”

Where can I get an allotment in Cornwall?

The following lists any allotments in Cornwall which have a dedicated website where you can view more details. There are, however, lots more allotments throughout the county, some run by Parish or Town councils, others by private individuals.

If you wish to find out about getting an allotment in your area, you should first contact your Parish Council. Local councils are obliged to provide allotments, if there is a sufficient demand. There are, however, rules about how many council tax paying residents need to have asked for one.

Allotments tend to cost users around £40 per year in rent, but this varies.

Provider Location How To Contact Website
Calstock Allotment Calstock (01579) 208412 Link
Cornwall Allotments Near Redruth. Choice of sizes, up to half an acre! janebdorning@hotmail.com or 01209 216659 (eves) Link
Cornwall Council Own allotments in Padstow, Penzance, Redruth, Camborne, St. Austell, Tywardreath, Fowey. sallyvincent957@btinternet.com Link
Duchy of Cornwall Manage Fairpark (St Columb Minor) tnicholas@duchyofcornwall.org or 01637 695005 Link
Fowey Town Council Readymoney and One Acre Meadow admin@launceston-tc.gov.uk Link
Launceston Town Council 2 plots: Dutson and Grammers Park Allotments and Kensey Allotments admin@launceston-tc.gov.uk Link
Liskeard Council Pengover Road and Lake Lane. Approx 2 years wait. Write to The Town Clerk, Liskeard Town Council, 3/5 West Street, Liskeard. PL14 6BW Link
Mount Wise, Newquay Newquay Town Council Thomas Bradshaw or Town Clerk via 01637 878388 Link
Penzance Town Council 9 plots – all with very long waiting lists See their website Link
Quintrell Downs, Newquay Parc an Colan allotments. Angela Hayne 01637 871919 / 07967 940304 or a.hayne15@hotmail.co.uk Link
St. Agnes Parish Council 2 sites. Mount Hawke & Mithian 01872 553588 Link
St. Ives Town Council Trowan enquiries@stives-tc.gov.uk Link
Tretheras, Newquay Tretheras Alan Odell on 01637 859999 or diamondnewquay@hotmail.com Link
Truro City Council 4 Sites. info@truro.gov.uk Link