COVID-19 Update for Allotments Use

The Government lock down is a serious matter.  All measures should be adhered to strictly.  We are fortunate to be able to use our allotments for recreation but discourage all socialising and any interactions on site between plot holders.

We are following government guidance and the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners has provided information accordingly.

Please read the information at the following link:- https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

(should you require this information in another format please email us at Parksoperations@rctcbc.gov.uk

Please stay safe and follow these safety measures, these measures can be enforced by the police.

A growing number of people are discovering the benefits of allotment gardening to grow your own food, or for the healthy exercise.

An allotment garden is a plot of land made available for individual, non-commercial gardening and growing food plants. They vary in size, shape and condition. An allotment plot is a commitment of time and energy which is a great form of exercise, in all weathers and often bring the benefit of achievement, healthy eating and socialising.

Allotments are very popular but waiting lists vary from site to site.  Occasionally some sites may have vacant plots or short waiting lists but the situation varies throughout the growing season each year. 

You must be a Rhondda Cynon Taff resident to apply for a plot and you can register for a maximum of 3 different allotment sites.  You have to be on the waiting list to be offered a plot.

PLEASE NOTE:  Allotments are not solely owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, there are also Local Town Council sites, Community Council sites and some are also privately owned. You should seek advice from the appropriate landowners / managers of the site you are interested in.

Local Town Councils contact details here

How to apply for a plot:

Please contact us at customerservices@rctcbc.gov.uk or 01443 425 001 and provide us with the following information: 

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Telephone number
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Name of the allotment site or area you are interested in

 Offer of a plot

When there are vacant plots, the Site Representative will get in touch and invite you to visit the site. Allotments are offered on an as seen arrangement.

If you decide to take on a plot you may need to sign a tenancy agreement form.  The Site Representative will provide you with a site gate key and we will send you a bill for the plot. You will have agreed to abide by the Allotments Act 1950 and if applicable, any Allotment Society Constitution and or guidelines.

The allotment year starts on 1st April and rent is payable for the full year upto March 31st the following year. A new plotholder will pay £20 for a full plot and £10 for a half plot.

If you decide not to take on a plot, or if the Site Representative is unable to contact you, your details will be removed from the waiting list.

Note to Existing Plotholders:(dated 17th March 2020)

We wish to inform you that there is a confirmed 1.5% price increase on fees and charges across a range of services to be effective from 1st April 2020 which includes Allotments. This price increase will be reflected in your Allotment invoice which is due to be issued before the summer season of 2020. If you have any queries regarding this notice or wish to provide us with any information regarding your allotment do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

Invoices for rental of RCT allotments are currently postponed due to the lockdown.

Once the government issues further regulations in relation to easing the lockdown restrictions, the invoices will be issued, to the plot holders home address.

In the case of a society run site, the invoice for the whole site will be issued to the secretary for that site.

Please ensure your personal contact details are up to date.

Thank you.

 

Parks Operations Department

Telephone: 01443 425 001

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