LB Hounslow fill ‘record-breaking’ 2,000 allotments

Image above: Allotment in Chiswick; photograph Chiswick Horticultural and Allotments Society

Hounslow hits 100% allotment occupancy

Nearly 2,000 allotment plots are now filled in LB Hounslow, one of the largest portfolios of allotments in London.

Hounslow Council say they have worked hard on a range of measures over the last year to allow residents who want to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables the opportunity to cultivate land that they can call their own. Their efforts seem to have paid off with the Council boasting the highest rate of occupancy recorded for many years.

Hounslow benefits from one of the largest portfolios of allotments in London with a total of around 1,950 plots. With an explosion of interest in gardening and living a sustainable lifestyle, the Council outlined its green ambitions in its Allotment Strategy in 2020 with the aim of offering an improved and modernised service by 2025.

Lampton Services Greenspace, which delivers allotment services on behalf of the Council, has been working over the winter to clear a backlog of allotment plot clearance works required, post Covid.

Over 182 plots were renovated or improved for letting and Council has now reached 100% occupancy across Hounslow’s 29 active allotment sites.

Apply now to get on the allotment waiting list

An important role that tenants can play is to keep the Council informed of any changes in address or contact details; this will also help the Council to understand if the need for a plot remains with a tenant or if the plot is no longer needed and can be re-let.

An allotment plot often requires restoration after a period of non-cultivation. This can be a resource-intensive process but the Council is say they are ‘committed’ to improving availability and cutting the waiting list.

You can apply for an allotment place on the Council’s website :

hounslow.gov.uk or call: 020 8583 6618

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