We asked you to send in photos of what you have been up to on your allotments during lockdown - we have had a fantastic response - here are just a selection of those photos sent
The Town Council manages the following five allotment sites:
Bryant’s Field - EX32 7EA
Fairview - EX31 1JR
Higher Raleigh - EX31 1PR
Mill Road - EX31 1JQ
Sunnybank - EX32 8LB
Allotment Waiting List Information & Current Availability
During the COVID-19 outbreak and the rules/guidelines set by Central Government we will not be letting any vacant plots at this current time. We will be clearing plots and contacting people on the waiting list once the restrictions have been lifted.
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.
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. We use the tenancy agreement, that all tenants must sign when taking on a Town Council plot, as the basis for our inspections and will list any policies that tenants are not adhering too when we write to them.
Should you have any concerns about an Allotment Plot, or you think that a tenant isn't abiding by the rules set out in the agreement, or you wish to make a complaint, please feel free to contact us.
Notice for allotment holders on coronavirus (COVID-19)
At the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, ideally on your own to take daily exercise. It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.
Any plot-holder who is self-isolating because a household member is ill with the coronavirus should not be visiting the site.
It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at and please pay attention to notice boards.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency.
Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women. We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.
It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government.
Anyone with questions can contact Barnstaple Town Council via email: [email protected]
This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our allotment holders and staff remains our number one priority.
We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.
Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis on the Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Visit the NHS website for further information and advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Barnstaple Allotment Association - Membership Form 2019-20
In association with Barnstaple Town Council it is our aim to provide a friendly, communal environment for members and their children, and to promote gardening as a recreational activity, helping new gardeners wherever possible. We encourage members to conserve rain water, recycle green waste and maintain productive plots growing vegetables, fruit and flowers in harmony with the wildlife that share our allotment sites.
We meet in the Corner House pub on Boutport Street every two months to discuss issues that affect our members, issues we can take to the Town Council, but most importantly exchange gardening successes, failures, ideas and tips. It is an informal, friendly social event for like-minded gardeners.
If you would like to become a member (or renew membership) of the Barnstaple Allotment Association (BAA), the annual cost is £2.00. (Free to under 16’s) Our membership year runs from 1st April.
The BAA is affiliated to the South West Counties Allotments Association (SWCAA), *Separate individual affiliation membership of SWCAA is available and importantly includes Public and Product Liability Insurance. The affiliation membership cost of the SWCAA is £10.00, however by being a member of the BAA this is reduced to £5.00
Chickens On Allotments
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.
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.
Additional Information Results Of The 2019 Allotment Competition
Any Sheds or Polytunnels on plots must have been approved by the Barnstaple Town Council Allotment Manager. Please make requests in writing.
Any trees or shrubs must have been approved by Barnstaple Town Council prior to planting. 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.
A presentation evening was held at Barnstaple Guildhall on Friday 20th September 2019
Overall Winner, Mr A Abbott - Higher Raleigh HR23A
Gold – Mrs Lewis BF53
Silver Gilt - Mr Adekis BF28a
Silver – Mr Fisher BF46
Bronze - Mr Phillips BF48
Gold – Mr Hernon FV15a
Silver Gilt - Mr Clarbull FV13b
Silver – Mr Murfitt FV22b
Bronze - Mrs Vokins FV11a
Gold – Mr Abbott HR23a
Silver Gilt – Mr Melhuish HR26a
Silver – Mr Hamman HR9
Bronze - Mrs Roberts HR13a
Gold – Mrs Harrison MR14
Silver Gilt – Mrs Davis MR10
Silver – Mr Gent MR3
Bronze - Mr Loder MR5
Gold – Mr Partridge SB19
Silver Gilt - Mr Bennett SB29
Silver - Mrs Passmore SB16
Bronze - Mr Troth SB26