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How much do you pay for your allotment?

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GnomeDePlume Sun 16-Oct-11 21:36:14

I'm doing a bit of research and would be interested to know what is paid in different parts of the country.

I'm in east midlands and pay 50p/pole

HarrietJones Mon 17-Oct-11 16:35:00

£40 a year. We have 1 1/2 allotments but couldn't tell you exact measurements as it's a wonky shape ( hence the 1/2!)

HarrietJones Mon 17-Oct-11 16:35:24

Oh I'm in the Lake district

GnomeDePlume Mon 17-Oct-11 16:36:46

Thanks Harriet, I would guess that you have something like 15 poles.

MelancholyAngel Mon 17-Oct-11 16:55:52

About £35ish for a 125sqm plot. South east

Beamur Mon 17-Oct-11 16:58:23

Too much! It's a private allotment and currently £75 a year (plus an additional £10 to be a member of the body we rent from) and they are not huge plots.
West Yorkshire. Not sure of the poles though.

HarrietJones Mon 17-Oct-11 17:28:55

Dh says 150 square feet ?

GnomeDePlume Mon 17-Oct-11 20:16:00

Harriet - I guess he means 150 square yards which is around 5 poles/rods/perch.

Thanks Melancholy that's 5 poles in old money! So £7/pole.

Beamur wow, that does seem pricey!

HarrietJones Mon 17-Oct-11 20:28:07

Yes sorry mis-type

GnomeDePlume Mon 17-Oct-11 20:56:05

I was thinking 'that is a small allotment!'

cat64 Mon 17-Oct-11 20:59:14

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GnomeDePlume Mon 17-Oct-11 21:14:18

Where I am it's a pole but they are also rods and perchs. It is an old area measurement (there are 160 square rods/poles/perch in an acre). Properly speaking they are square but I have never heard them referred to as square poles just poles.

Roughly 25 square metres

According to wikipedia a pole/rod/perch is the standardised leangth of an ox-goad.

So you are right - it's a stick!

cat64 Mon 17-Oct-11 21:15:26

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GnomeDePlume Mon 17-Oct-11 21:17:55

I'm a mine of useless information!

puddinghead Fri 21-Oct-11 21:25:17

£36.90 full plot. Chester.

RiffRaffeta Fri 21-Oct-11 21:28:46

Half plot, £7.

I'm £7 short of a full plot. grin

RiffRaffeta Fri 21-Oct-11 21:29:31

Oh, in Kent sorry.

MamaChocoholic Sat 22-Oct-11 19:27:15

£10 for a half plot. plus £4 affiliation fees or something. East Anglia.

growyourown77 Mon 24-Oct-11 11:44:50

Wow, it really varies! We started our allotment this March and I've loved every moment.

We had a half plot and pay £28 per year. Then we managed to get the half plot next to ours, but they are charging us another £8 per year, even though others with plots the size of both of ours only pay the 'one plot' fee. Their argument is that they call them separate plots, but needless to say I'm a bit peeved.

However, I can't tell you how therapeutic it's been this year and really helped me get my work-life balance in order. So much so that we just found out we're finally pregnant! smile It early days yet, but any tips from people about gardening in pregnancy?

GnomeDePlume Tue 25-Oct-11 12:52:25

Huge congratulations growyourown77.

I think that you are right about the therapeutic effects of an allotment. I also find it a mind-cleanser.

Top tips for gardening while pregnant:
- save your back,
- avoid dealing with any chemicals,
- as your shape changes be extra careful about where you put your feet
- get someone else to do the hard work. Get a deckchair and a megaphone and bellow encouragement

gelatinous Tue 25-Oct-11 15:06:58

I pay £10/year for a full plot in East Anglia (it's very big, but don't know exact measurements, lots of people only have a half plot). It is basic - ie no mains water, but very good value I think. A half plot is £5, so they don't penalise smaller users either.

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