Allotments are plots of land available for rent by local citizens and used to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. Water supplies, sheds / storage and skips are usually provided on allotment sites. Car parking may also be available.
This section of the website gives details of available sites, prices and news about recent developments in allotments around Dorset.
Apart from providing low cost food, they also provide valuable recreational opportunities involving healthy activity and social contacts. Allotments are significant to our green spaces and provide habitats for many forms of wildlife.
Allotments have evolved through a rich and varied history of social and economic change, the most notable being the Second World War where the public were encouraged to 'grow their own greens' and 'dig for Britain'. The first legislative reforms date back to the Enclosures Act of 1845.
Today, councils are required to provide allotments for the public.
Taking on an allotment plot is not all hard work; it can have many advantages, providing fresh home grown vegetables, fruit and flowers for you and your family, free from artificial additives and at a fraction of that you would have expected to pay to a supermarket or greengrocer.
There is also the social side, meeting new friends with similar interests and enabling you to enjoy a healthy outdoor life with gentle exercise and a place to relax and unwind.
Allotments in Christchurch
Information on the allotment sites, plot charges and allotment strategy in the borough of Christchurch.
Allotments in East Dorset
Allotments in East Dorset are administered by the local town or parish council.
Allotments in North Dorset
Allotments in North Dorset are administered by the local town or parish council.
Allotments in Purbeck
Allotments in Purbeck are administered by the local town or parish council.
Allotments in West Dorset
Allotments in West Dorset are run by town or parish councils.
Allotments in Weymouth and Portland
Fresh air, healthy exercise and lots of delicious and nutritious vegetables are just some of the benefits of renting your own allotment.