We’ve got 560 allotment plots to explore and inspire in August and September

Allotments may not be the first thing that spring to mind when you think of the National Garden Scheme, but beyond the herbaceous borders we have a growing community of allotments that open during the year. They all share their wonderful tips and hints and sense of community spirit with visitors, allowing people the chance to sample, and buy, freshly grown produce and discover more about the joys of growing your own.


Thirty-five allotments open their gates in 2021 with five coming up through August and September showcasing 560 plots!

Grange Fell, Cumbria – 15th August
Thirty plots offer a wide selection of gardening styles and techniques. The majority of plots grow a mixture of vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. There are a few communal areas where local fruit tree varieties have been donated by plot holders with herbaceous borders and annuals.

Willoughby Road Allotments, Boston, Lincolnshire – 22nd August
Set in five acres the allotments comprise 60 plots growing fine vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs. There is a small orchard and wildflower area and a community space adjacent. Grass paths run along the site. Several plots will be open to walk round. There will be a seed and plant stall. Light refreshments are available.

Washbrook Allotments, Leicester – 5th September
A hidden oasis. There are over 100 whole, half and quarter plots growing a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Meadows, Anderson shelters and a composting toilet!

Golf Course Allotments, London N11 – 5th September
Large, long-established allotment with over 200 plots, some organic. Maintained by culturally diverse community growing wide variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers enjoyed by the bees. Picturesque corners and quirky sheds – a visit feels like being in the countryside.

Littleover Lane Allotments, Normanton, Derby – 12th September
A large private allotment site in SW Derby. About 170 plots, many cultivated to a high standard. If you are interested in growing your own you should find help, advice and inspiration. Many plot holders practice organic methods and some cultivate unusual and heritage vegetables.

How to get your allotment listed with the National Garden Scheme

You can read more about allotments and the importance of grow your own in our little yellow book of ‘Grow your own: gardens and allotments’

Allotment booklet

Allotment booklet

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