Allotments and Community Gardens
Would you like the opportunity to grow your own fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers? Local authorities are required by legislation to provide allotment gardens for this purpose through The Allotments Acts of Parliament.
Walsall council currently provides 1373 allotment plots on 34 sites in the borough. As of September 2011 the Greenspace Improvement Service is responsible for the management of Walsall’s Allotment Service and the future development of Community Gardens.
Depending on plot size, annual rent is currently around £11.00 per year to rent (a 50% concession applies for residents over 65 years of age, or those who are unemployed), with additional water charges averaging £6.00 per plot.
Find your nearest allotment using our interactive mapping system Walsall Maps.
Over the past few years allotments have seen a revival of interest, with long waiting lists across the country. In common with other areas, allotments in Walsall are in high demand, and the authority is working with local associations to help reduce waiting lists wherever possible. In common with many authorities, many allotment sites have reduced their plot sizes which makes managing an allotment plot easier, and also provides more opportunities for people to grow.
As from 1 April 2012, we will only accept names on the allotment waiting list, providing no other resident at the applicant’s address already holds an allotment. Applicants will be asked to confirm this when they register for an allotment on the waiting list and when they are offered a plot. This will enable a greater number of Walsall’s residents to take part in local food growing.
Allotments have far wider benefits than simply providing a place to grow fresh food. The physical and mental health stimulated by growing, and social activities are widely recognised. They are a green haven for wildlife in urban areas providing habitat for many species. Allotments have environmental and economic affects by reducing transportation of foods from far and wide, and allowing gardeners to reduce their spending on fruit and vegetables.
Walsall Council initiated a program of local management of allotments in 1995 when, after consultation with local, national and governmental interested parties. Five areas of the six identified areas currently act as allotments local management associations (LMA), having adopted a constitution and written management arrangements.
Since 1995, 26 of Walsall’s allotment sites have been managed by Local Management Associations (LMA’s) who have an adopted constituion, written management arrangements and are responsbile for the letting of plots and managing waiting lists.
In July 2007 the council approved the Allotments Strategy 2007–2012 (PDF 102KB) which sets out the way forward for allotments in the borough by providing a framework for consultation and implementation in partnership with the allotment holders representatives.
Walsall has a growing number of community gardens, in various settings and locations around the borough. Most contain growing and recreational space, but all have the common theme of being developed with and managed by the local community.
Caldmore Community Garden
Caldmore Community Garden has a dedicated team of volunteers, who have numerous projects planned for 2013, including the creation of a new community orchard.
Contact for further information:
George Rose Community Garden
This Community Garden in Moxley, Darlaston was formed in 2013 by a group of local residents on derelict allotment land.
The site is currently being developed into a semi-natural space which will provide facilities and leisure land for the local community.
The group have formed partnerships with nearby schools and youth organisations, and are planning their first open day for 2014.
Contact the group via:
Facebook George Rose Community Garden
Victoria Road Community Garden
Being part of an allotment site, Victoria Road can offer space for people who just wish to garden in a small plot – but has lots of ready advice from allotment tenants. The community group is looking forward to events and activities in 2013, including welcoming volunteers for the Big Dig Project
Contact for further information:
Community Gardens Officer
Telephone 01922 655471
Goscote Green Acres
Goscote Greenacres Community Garden was launched in 2012 following a £250,000 makeover of the Goscote Lane Grounds which houses the Goscote Centre and the canal side open space behind the current building.
The centre provides opportunities for people with disabilities who use the centre as well as residents, community groups and schools in the Goscote area.
Residents, community groups and children’s facilities are now using the community gardens which feature 45 garden plots (including 20 raised beds), fruit trees, polytunnels and a variety of other growing opportunities.
For further information please visit the Goscote Greenacres webpage cms.walsall.gov.uk/goscote
The following websites provide more information for allotment holders
- Allotment growing
- Allotments UK
- National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners
- Garden Organic (The Henry Doubleday Research Association)
- Allotments Regeneration Initiative
- The Soil Association
- National Vegetable Society
- Allotments: A plot holders' guide (PDF 742KB)
- Walsall Maps: A borough map showing allotment locations
- BBC gardening
- Direct Gov - Guide to renting an allotment
- Allotments and Community gardens press release
If you are interested in taking up an allotment please contact:
Clean and Green
200 Pelsall Road
Telephone 0845 111 2900
This page was last updated on 12 February 2014