The Town Council manages the following five allotment sites:
ALLOTMENT WAITING LIST INFORMATION & CURRENT AVAILABILITY
There is a primary and secondary waiting list for each site, to enquire about your position on the waiting list or the possibility of renting an allotment, please contact admin on 01271 373311 or email: [email protected]
The Primary Waiting List is for those in the town who do not already rent an allotment plot from the Town Council, this system operates on a first come, first serve basis and takes priority over the secondary waiting list.
The Secondary Waiting List is for those who already rent an allotment from the Town Council and would like an additional plot, this system operates on a first come first serve basis, but will only be considered if there is no one on the primary waiting list.
There are currently two plots available at Sunnybank Allotments and one available at Bryants Field. (as of 17/07/19)
Please submit completed forms to [email protected] or send them to Barnstaple Town Council, Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS
Allotment Inspections are undertaken sporadically, but we aim to inspect at least once every three months. The tenancy agreement, that all tenants sign when taking on a Town Council Plot, states that tenants are to:
Keep the Allotment clean, clear of detritus, well cultivated and fertile, and in good condition. This means at least two-thirds of the plot must be under active cultivation (rough dug, green manure or planted out) and the remainder tidy.
Maintain the paths (i.e. strim or mow) to the right, top and bottom of your allotment(s), including half width of any adjacent common area.
Not deposit or allow other persons to deposit any refuse on the Allotments, or place any matter in the hedges, ditches or dikes situated on the Allotments or on the adjoining land.
Not bring asbestos or other hazardous materials on to the Allotments.
Not deposit large quantities of materials on the Allotments such as; tyres, glass, timber, wood etc.
These are the obvious things that we look out for during an inspection, but there are many more rules to be taken into account when renting an allotment, if you are a tennant and have lost your copy of the Tenancy Agreement please contact us and we can issue you with a new one.
Should you have any concerns about an Allotment Plot, or you think that a tenant isn't abiding the rules set out in the agreement, or you wish to make a complaint, please feel free to contact us.
THE ALLOTMENT COMPETITION
The Judging for our annual allotment competition has taken place this week. The judge for the competition was Nick Oliver, from St John's Garden Centre. Nick was a brilliant judge and was impressed by a few of the allotment plots and the techniques being used. Nick has given advice and pointed out great ways to produce a better crop. I will be putting together a display at the presentation evening, for you all to see and take notes.
Nick has chosen a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze award winner from each allotment site and an overall winner. Invitations will be sent out to all those that have placed in the competition and the presentation evening is to be held on Friday 20th September.
GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS
Barnstaple Town Council have been working with the British Hen Welfare Trust to produce our new Guide to Keeping Chickens. This guide includes our policies along with good husbandry information and tips for keeping happy chickens on your allotment plot.
The Environment Committee were very grateful for the help we recieved from the British Hen Welfare Trust and have donated £300 to them, which will enable them to rescue more hens from slaughter, so that they can enjoy a free range retirement.
For more information on what the British Hen Welfare Trust do please visit their website https://www.bhwt.org.uk/
If you are interested in keeping chickens on your allotment plot, please see the information posted below.
CHICKENS ON ALLOTMENTS
Keeping chickens can be very rewarding and life-enriching and Barnstaple Town Council welcomes plot holders to make an application to keep chickens on their plot. We allow tenants to house up to 6 chickens and have a Guide to Keeping Chickens which includes the Town Council's Policy.
To apply to keep chickens on your plot please complete an application form and submit it to [email protected] or post to Barnstaple Town Council, Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS.
Further guidelines and our policy can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
Any Sheds or Polytunnels on plots must have been approved by the Barnstaple Town Council Allotment Manager. Please make requests in writing.
Barnstaple Town Council are encouraging all Allotment Tenants, old and new to practice Environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening, with a view to producing an information guide for tenants.
RESULTS OF THE 2018 ALLOTMENT COMPETITION
A presentation evening was held in Barnstaple Guildhall on Wednesday 7th November 2018
OVERALL WINNER, Mr A Abbott - HIGHER RALEIGH HR23A
1st – Mrs S Harrison MR14
2nd - Mr Harrison MR13A
3rd – Mrs S Davis MR10
1st – Mr S Troth SB26
2nd – Mr D Bennett SB29
3rd – Mrs Pearce SB28
1st – Mrs A Hooper BF45
2nd – Mrs Lewis BF53
3rd – Mr D Hutchinson BF54A
1st – Mr A Abbott HR23A
2nd – Mr R Metcalfe HR10B
3rd – Mr. M Moore HR02
1st – Mr Kendryna FV11B
2nd- Mrs W Hayday FV22A
3rd- Mr Vaughan FV02