The Town Council manages the following five allotment sites:
ALLOTMENT WAITING LISTS
There is a primary and secondary waiting list for each site. The allotment waiting lists will no longer be published on the website.
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]
Click here to go to the Barnstaple Allotment Association website.
THE PRIMARY WAITING LIST
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
The secondary waiting list is for those who already rent an allotment from the 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 nobody on the primary waiting lists.
IT'S ALLOTMENT COMPETITION TIME!
About the Allotments competition
If you have an allotment at Bryants Field, Fairview, Higher Raleigh, Mill Road or Sunnybank, you are automatically entered into our allotments competition. Judging of all plots takes place in July.
Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded and there is a trophy for the overall winner. The trophy and certificates are awarded at our annual Allotment Awards presentation evening in September.
Cultivation and Cropping
The aim is to encourage the plot holder to grow a selection of fresh vegetables all year round, as well as fresh fruit in season and an adequate provision of preserved or frozen produce out of season.
o Points are awarded for each type of vegetable and extra points given for evidence of autumn / winter / summer / spring vegetables during the judging in July.
o Points for soft fruits (including rhubarb)
o Points for different types of herbs
o Compost or manure heap: neither of these should be a nursery for growing weeds! The judge will make allowances for the various stages of the breakdown into a healthy product.
o The judge will make a distinction between annual weeds and perennials. Annual weeds are short-term problems while the perennials are a nuisance (or worse) to the other plot holders and indicate longer-term poor husbandry. Several butterflies, including the Peacock, Red Admiral and Tortoiseshell use nettles. Sorrel is also host to various types of Copper butterfly, so the judge will ignore small patches of these.
o Rubbish (freedom from). If its stacked tidily for future use, it is not rubbish. However, if it is just lying around it is!
o Labels showing variety: it makes the judges life easier when assessing seasonal produce.
o Paths neatly maintained, especially the edges
o Buildings quality and condition
o Intelligent use of organic methods of pest control should be evident, such as companion planting and the pinching out of broad bean tips to inhibit black fly, or the use of barriers against carrot fly.
o Sustainability should be practiced, eg. Water butts, recycling and green manure.
o There should be opportunities for shelter and feeding of wildlife, eg. Nest boxes, log piles, stones as well as plants that will attract wildlife.
The judges will also be looking for something different that demonstrates individuality.
Please make sure that your plot number is clearly visible.
Good Luck to Everyone and Enjoy your Allotments!
Click here to download the Barnstaple Town Council Allotment Policy Statement Further details to RULE 2(u) of the Barnstaple Town Council ALLOTMENT AGREEMENT - Chickens.
Visit the NORTH DEVON POULTRY website
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