Ryde Town Council manage five different allotment sites which in total have 220 plots. Our sites are located at:
Shona Parnell is our Facilities and Allotments Officer who deals with the general running of the allotments and report directly to our Allotments Management Committee.
The average 5 rod plot is approximately 125m² with a current annual rent of £22.00 which includes water. All plots have a £50.00 deposit charge. Alfred Street and Mayfield Road are the two smallest sites which are locked and there is a £5 key deposit if you wish to rent one of these allotments.
We have an Allotment Association which meets three times a year as a forum for tenants to air concerns, ask questions directly to the allotment management committee and to meet with other allotment tenants in Ryde.
Residents of Ryde are welcome to apply for an allotment and their details will be added to the waiting lists. Due to the popularity of the allotments the current wait is approximately 6 to 12 months.
Having an allotment is a great activity for you or all the family. It is a wonderful excuse to get outside, get physical, learn something new and meet other people in your area. It provides low cost local organic fresh fruit and vegetables as well as promoting a sense of achievement and well being.
If you are unsure of what can be grown on an allotment. On an average size plot (5 poles) you can easily accommodate the following:
2 rows new potatoes
2 rows early carrots
1 row parsnip
2 rows runner beans
1 gooseberry bush
12 raspberry canes
2 rows butternut squash
1 row lettuce (throughout season)
1 row French dwarf beans
12 strawberry plants
2 blackcurrant bushes
Applying for an Allotment
If you are interested in renting an allotment and to be added to one of your allotment waiting list(s) you can print out an application form and post back to the office or drop it in. You can email our Allotments team on firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions.
Things to consider before taking on an allotment
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We encourage all tenants to have their own first aid kit whilst working on their allotment for their own health and safety. Under no circumstances should anyone give ointments, tablets or medication to anyone else.
We regularly inspect our sites and plots to ensure that the rules contained within the agreement are being adhered to. The process of enforcement is essential to ensure that standards on our allotments are improved to the benefit of current tenants, people who are on the waiting list, the surrounding community and the local environment.
If any of the clauses within the tenancy agreement are breached by the tenant, then we start the enforcement process by sending a notice. We send out a letter explaining the breach that has occurred. We then check back within 14 days we send out a second letter inviting the tenant to make contact. If we do not receive any response to the second letter after another 14 days, we will send out a notice to quit and this gives 28 days for the tenant to remove all personal belongings from the site. Inspections are also important to ensure that the basics on the allotment site, such as fences, gates, trees, bushes and water are maintained.
Giving up your Allotment
If you want to give up your plot please write a formal email to email@example.com or letter and post to Ryde Town Council, 10 Lind Street, PO33 2NQ. Keys for Mayfield and Alfred need to be returned to the office also. We will carry out a final inspection of the plot to ensure that it is handed back to us in a reasonable condition and then this would determine the return of the plot deposit.
Plot holders should report vandalism or other evidence of intruders to the police. We also advise you to let us know via email, so we can keep a record.
Plot holders must acquaint themselves with and adhere strictly to the guidelines regarding storage, usage and disposal of hazardous materials such as glass, fertilizers and fuel. These must be securely stored in the proper containers, and well away from possible reach by children. No toxic or hazardous materials or contaminated waste should be stored or brought on to the site.
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