Allotments

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If you'd like to try growing your own fruit and vegetables as well as meet other gardeners, you could rent a plot on an allotment. Most villages in South Cambs have allotments - but due to the popularity of gardening you may need to join a waiting list.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • growing and tending plants is relaxing…but digging is great exercise;
  • you’ll get to meet other gardeners and can share tips and produce – allotments are surprisingly sociable spaces;
  • it is a good way to grow fresh food inexpensively – either for you and your family to enjoy, or to share with others.

“During the lockdowns, getting out to my allotment kept me sane – it gave me something to do, a reason to get out of the house and a chance to say hello to others (from a distance). Growing veg was just a bonus!”

How to contact

Where to go

Balsham
Cambridge
UK

Crow Hill Lane
Great Cambourne
Cambourne
Cambridge
UK

Comberton
Cambridge
UK

Brace Dein
Great Cambourne
Cambourne
Cambridge
UK

Coton
Cambridge
UK

Allotment Gardens
Cottenham
Cambridge CB24 8TJ
UK

Pettitt's Close
Dry Drayton
Cambridge
UK

Gamlingay
Sandy
UK

Cambridge Road
Girton
Cambridge
UK

Great Gransden
Sandy
UK

Great Shelford
Cambridge
UK

Haslingfield
Cambridge
UK

Coploe Road
Ickleton
Saffron Walden
UK

The Moor
Melbourn
Royston
UK

Milton
Cambridge
UK

Northstowe
Cambridge
UK

Orwell
Royston
UK

Mill Lane
Sawston
Cambridge
UK

Hale Road
Swavesey
Cambridge
UK

Newton Road
Whittlesford
Cambridge
UK

Willingham
Cambridgeshire
UK

What to expect

Owned and/or run by allotment societies, parish councils, local authorities, charities and other organisations, most villages have allotments and plots can be rented for a reasonable annual or monthly fee by local people.

Plots range in size (the ‘standard’ allotment size is around 250 square metres) or you could share a plot with a friend or family member.

What you grow is up to you – but if you neglect your plot, you may lose it! Some allotments allow you to have a small shed on your plot or to keep chickens – but check the rules first.

Many allotment sites provide toilets, running water and free manure. Gardeners are a friendly bunch and allotment societies and gardening clubs often organise events and fundraising activities too.

More information

Demand for allotment plots often outstrips supply and there may be a waiting list. Contact each organisation for details of eligibility, charges and availability.

The National Allotment Society provide lots of useful information about the benefits of allotment gardening, as well as information about what to do if there appears to be no allotments in your area.

We’ll keep adding to the list below, but if you aren’t sure if your village has allotments, try contacting your parish council.

Balsham 

Balsham Allotments are used by a small group of keen gardeners. Find out more here.

Cambourne

There are two allotment sites in Cambourne, both run by Cambourne Parish Council. Find out more here.

Comberton

Aiming to foster an interest in gardening with two allotment sites, plant sales and produce shows. Find out more here.

Coton

Apply to the Parish Council for a plot, and become a member of the Allotment Association. Find out more here.

Cottenham

Rampton Road Allotments are run by Cottenham Charities. Find out more here.

Dry Drayton

Owned by the Parish Council, these allotments are a haven of peace and calm. Find out more here.

Duxford

Not just allotments but a thriving Allotment Society that organises social events and activities – you don’t have to have an allotment to join in, just a love of gardens and growing things. Find out more here.

Gamlingay

There are 88 allotments in Gamlingay – to apply for one click here.

Girton

Girton Allotment Society is responsible for a site of 100 allotments in the village. Find out more here.

Gransden 

Allowing local people of all ages to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. There’s also a Wildflower MeadowPond and Heritage Community Orchard.

Great Shelford

A range of plot sizes and fees make these allotments suitable for even less experienced gardeners and growers. Find out more here.

Haslingfield

Allotments are run by the Haslingfield Allotment Gardeners Association (HAGA) on behalf of the Parish Council. Find out more here.

Ickleton

Allotments include access to running water and free manure! Find out more here.

Melbourn

There are two allotment sites – Gray’s and St George’s, but both in close proximity by The Moor. Find out more by emailing [email protected]

Milton

These allotments help provide food for the local hospice – find out more here.

Northstowe Allotments & Community Orchard

Landscape architect Emily Haysom has invited local residents to work with her to produce a design to guide the development of the Phase 1 community allotment and orchard – if you’d like to get involved, you can find out more here.

Orwell

Orwell Living Food Bank uses food grown on community allotments for foodbanks – find out more and make contact via  Facebook.

Sawston

The allotments on Mill Lane are managed by John Huntingdon’s Charity. Find out more here.

Swavesey

There are two sites in Swavesey.  A small site manged by the Trustees of the Cemetery (on whose land the site sits) and the larger main Hale Road allotments which are managed by the Allotment Association.  To find out more please contact Val, the Association Chairman. Find out more here.

Whittlesford

The allotments on Newton Road are managed by Whittlesford Parish Council. More information here.

Willingham 

There are two allotment sites within and just outside of the village – find out more here.

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Allotment plots can be rented for a reasonable monthly or annual fee.

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