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Allotments

There are more than 3,000 allotment holders in Brighton & Hove. We have one of the largest allotment services in the country with 36 sites across the city.

We work closely with the Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation and the city council. Find out more about the Allotment Strategy and Action Plan which was launched in 2014 to help improve the way this service runs.

Existing plotholders

The Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation supports the development of allotments in the city, and represents the interests of plotholders in Brighton & Hove. All plotholders are members, so check out their website or get in touch with the committee to raise any concerns or get involved.

Potential plotholders

So you want your own plot but you've heard that you might be waiting years to get it? We often get asked about how to get an allotment and some of our answers might surprise you. Read our blog about how to get an allotment in Brighton & Hove. Or go straight to the council's website to join the waiting list.

Community allotments

There are more than 70 community gardens in Brighton & Hove, about 1/3 of which are on allotment sites. Most of them have weekly volunteer days that are open to anyone to drop in and get involved. Find out more about volunteering at community gardens. We also offer advice and support to anyone looking to start a new community garden.

Allotment videos

We are making a series of videos for allotment holders, with information on clearing your plot, top tips for the first year, benefits of allotments and what it's really like to take on a plot. We've also written a blog with tips on how to save water in your garden or allotment.

What it's like to take on a plot: We interviewed new allotment holders at the end of their first year and they explain the time and commitment involved in taking on an allotment, to help others decide whether it's right for them.

 

Clearing your plot: We visited a new plotholder to help her clear all those weeds and get advice on starting out.

 

Top tips: Find out what these new allotment holders wished they had known at the start, and what they learned during their first year.

 

Benefits: The plotholders also told us about the benefits they had experienced since taking on their plots.

The videos were commissioned by the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Harvest project and the Brighton & Hove Allotment Federation. The 'clearing' film was made by Passionworks Productions, while the other three were filmed and edited by Dylan Howitt. We'd like to thank all the allotment holders who took part and shared their experiences with us.

If you have comments on the videos or ideas for future topics to cover, please contact us.