Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the common questions that members of our committee are asked on a regular basis by applicants and members alike. If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please see the committee members page for contact information.

How do I apply for a plot at Langley Allotments?

You’ll need to contact our secretary, John Waddington, and ask to be placed on the waiting list. See the Waiting List page for details.

How Long am I likely to be on the waiting list?

It varies, depending on how many plots become available during the year, but as of August 2016, you can probably expect to be on the list for between 2 and 3 years before we’re in a position to offer you a plot.

What happens when my name gets to the top of the list?

You’ll be contacted by our secretary, John Waddington, who will invite you along for a tour of the site and show you the plot or plots that are currently available. He’ll tell you about the site, explain a few of our rules and regulations, answer any questions you might have, then invite you to decide whether you’d like to take on a plot. If you say yes, he’ll talk you through the (short) paperwork and take your current year’s payment.

How much is the annual rent on a plot?

The annual rental period begins in September each year, and the current rent is £60.00 per year for a full plot and £30.00 per year for a half-plot (please note: we only have 8 half-plots on the site at the moment, so they don’t become available all that often). The annual fee includes access to our mains water supply (although we do encourage all plot holders to save as much rainwater as they can, in order to minimise the site’s water charges). We also charge a one-off society membership fee of £50.00 when you first sign up for your plot.

Can I keep chickens / bees / pigs / other livestock on my plot?

Sorry, but no. Our site is surrounded by houses on all sides and we have to think of our neighbours and not disturb their peace & quiet.

How much time should I set aside to work on my plot?

How much time have you got? In all seriousness, taking on an allotment will involve a significant time commitment, especially if it’s a full-size plot. We really don’t want to put anyone off, but if you can’t devote a good few hours per week to the necessary clearing, weeding, digging, sowing, planting, harvesting and general maintenance involved, then you might find it difficult to keep up with everything. Do please have a really good think about whether allotmenteering is right for you before you decide to sign up; it might be better not to take on a plot at all than to leave an abandoned one for someone else to clear up in a few months…