More people than ever are now turning to locally-produced, low cost, healthy and organic food. With allotment gardening you get plenty of outdoor exercise and also produce your own fruit and vegetables.
There are 22 allotment sites and 1,200 plots in the borough. Some are run by voluntary management schemes, and the others by a horticultural and grounds maintenance company on our behalf. These are managed in line with our allotment strategy.
A full size allotment plot is about 250m2 and a half size plot up to 125m2 - new plot holders might want to start with a smaller plot as they can be hard work, but will still produce plenty of vegetables for a small family.
The availability of plots depends on the allotment's location and condition - if it's very overgrown you might get it offered to you at a lower rate for the first year.
Voluntary managed sites
Running their own sites gives allotment gardeners the chance to improve their facilities or buy equipment.
An elected management committee collects rents from plot holders then pays us an annual site rent and feeds any surplus back into the site.
If you wish to apply for a plot on a voluntary managed site please visit the Kingston Federation of Allotment Gardeners website.
Idverde managed sites
Kingston Edible Forest Garden
You may also approach Kingston Edible Forest Garden (KEF) which is a group allotment within Knollmead Allotments, Tolworth. This may be a good option for residents who prefer less commitment, or who wish to learn how to grow fruit and veg. KEF harvests from trees planted from 1992 on, and plants for the future mostly perennials to reduce the workload, as well as to create a calm oasis of a young woodland. You can contact them via [email protected] or visit their website.