Allotments

An allotment in DerbyGet fit, eat well and make friends!

There are lots of advantages to allotment gardening. Gardening is an ideal form of exercise and many allotments provide a great habitat for wildlife.

Keeping an allotment gives you a chance to grow fresh, healthy food. There are also social, environmental and health benefits to having an allotment. 

How big is an allotment?

The standard plot size is 250 square metres or 300 square yards (30 yards long by 10 yards wide).

Some sites offer half-size plots or mini-plots if you think a standard plot is too big for you.

Ask the site secretary about what plot sizes their site has available.

How much does an allotment cost?

The cost of renting an allotment is different at each site as most sites in Derby are run by allotment associations who set their own rates. However, you can expect to pay between £25 to £50 a year for a full-sized plot.

Where can I find allotments in Derby? 

View our allotment map‌ to see where allotments in Derby are situated. 

Can I keep animals, such as chickens or bees, on my allotment?

The Council does not allow animals on the sites it owns. However, some privately-owned allotment sites in Derby do allow some types of animals. Check with the site secretary.

What should I consider before I decide on taking an allotment?

Before you take on an allotment, think about:

  • what you want to achieve?
  • how much time do you have?
  • where will you store your tools?
  • who will look after it when you go on holiday?

Once you have found an allotment contact the site secretary to arrange a visit.

You can ask lots of questions about:

  • what grows well
  • what facilities are available such as on site
  • stores and water points
  • toilet facilities
  • communal meeting rooms.

Do some gardening research

There's a huge selection of gardening books available at local libraries and there’s also plenty of free information available on the internet.

Make a plan

Whatever time of year you take on an allotment plot, you need to be prepared to do some work straight away. In the summer, this might be cutting back weeds or in winter digging the earth over. 

Allotment contact details

Site name and location

Contact detailsAllotment availability
Ashbourne Road Allotments, off Mackworth Road www.araa.org.uk, telephone: 07426 854569 or email: info@araa.org.uk  
Borrowfield Allotments, off Nottingham Road Spondon 01332 669609  
Bramfield Avenue Allotments 01332 292796  
Brigden Avenue Allotments 07730 888531  
Chaddesden Park Allotments, off Parkside Road 01332 834059  
Craddock Avenue Allotments 01332 671519  
Derwent Park Allotments, off Duffield Road 01332 609489 or 07813 333776  
Field Lane Allotments Telephone Rod Hayward: 01332 753616 or email: admin@fieldlaneallotments.co.uk  
Firs Estate Allotments, off Dean Street Visit: firsestateallotments.co.uk or telephone: 01332 365943  
Glebe Gardens, off Porter Road 07592 186800  
Kedleston Road Allotments 01332 557160  
Little Chester Allotments, off Old Mansfield Road Visit: www.littlechesterallotments.org.uk or call 07906 158125  
Littleover Lane Allotments Visit: www.littleoverlaneallotments.org.uk, 07547 567483  
Mackworth Allotment and Community Garden 07967384897  
Markeaton Leisure Gardens, off Markeaton Street 07889 730022  
Merrill Way Allotments 07866 935876  
Mickleover Old Allotments, off Vicarage Road Contact us  
Mill Dam Allotments, off Markeaton Street milldamallotments@gmail.com  
Normanton Allotments, off Warwick Avenue 07592 823986  
Nottingham Road Allotments, off Highfield Lane Visit: e-voice.org.uk/highfieldlane email: ajohn.maynard@yahoo.co.uk or telephone: 07812 564708  
Osmaston Park Allotments, off Oaktree Avenue 07815 651585  
Rowditch Allotments, off Uttoxeter New Road 07889 493321  
Shardlow Road Allotments, Alvaston Contact us  
Sinfin Lane Allotments 07773 513960  
Sinfin Moor Allotments, off Arleston Lane 01332 608293 or 07837400941  
Spondon Horticultural Society, off Lousie Greaves Lane 01332 677483  
Sunnydale Allotments, off Norman Avenue 01332 762092  
Swiss Cottage Allotments, off Sandown Road Visit: e-voice.org.uk/swisscottage or telephone: 01332 572995  
Vicarage Park Allotments, off Vicarage Road 01332 515669  

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Contact details

Email:
Post address:
Community Leisure
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 640789
Minicom: 01332 640666
Community Leisure
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS