Town Council Allotment Sites

  • Bryant’s Field – EX32 7EA
  • Fairview – EX31 1JR
  • Higher Raleigh – EX31 1PR
  • Mill Road – EX31 1JQ
  • Sunnybank – EX32 8LB

Allotment Waiting List Information and Current Availability

There is a primary and secondary waiting list for each allotment site, to enquire about renting an allotment please contact us.
You will need to complete an application form and return it to us either via post or email, you will then be placed on the waiting list.
The Primary Waiting List is for people that live in Barnstaple, who do not already rent an allotment plot from the Town Council. This system operates on a first come first serve basis and takes priority over the secondary waiting list.
The Secondary Waiting List is for tenants that already rent an allotment from the Town Council and would like an additional plot. The systems also operates on a first come first serve basis, but will only be considered if there is no one on the primary waiting list.

Allotment Inspections

Allotment Inspections are undertaken sporadically, but we aim to inspect at least once every three months. We use the tenancy agreement, that all tenants must sign when taking on a Town Council plot, as the basis for our inspections and will list any policies that tenants are not adhering too when we write to them.
Should you have any concerns about an Allotment Plot, or you think that a tenant isn’t abiding by the rules set out in the agreement, or you wish to make a complaint, please feel free to contact us either by email admin@barnstapletowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01271 373311.

Allotment News

Notice for allotment holders on coronavirus (COVID-19) 

At the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, ideally on your own to take daily exercise. It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.
Any plot-holder who is self-isolating because a household member is ill with the coronavirus should not be visiting the site.
It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at and please pay attention to notice boards.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency.
Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women. We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.
It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government.
Anyone with questions can contact Barnstaple Town Council via email: admin@barnstapletowncouncil.gov.uk
This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our allotment holders and staff remains our number one priority.
We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.
Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis on the Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Visit the NHS website for further information and advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Barnstaple Allotment Association – Membership Form 2021-22 

In association with Barnstaple Town Council it is our aim to provide a friendly, communal environment for members and their children, and to promote gardening as a recreational activity, helping new gardeners wherever possible. We encourage members to conserve rain water, recycle green waste and maintain productive plots growing vegetables, fruit and flowers in harmony with the wildlife that share our allotment sites.
We meet in the Corner House pub on Boutport Street every two months to discuss issues that affect our members, issues we can take to the Town Council, but most importantly exchange gardening successes, failures, ideas and tips. It is an informal, friendly social event for like-minded gardeners.
If you would like to become a member (or renew membership) of the Barnstaple Allotment Association (BAA), the annual cost is £2.00. (Free to under 16’s) Our membership year runs from 1st April.
The BAA is affiliated to the South West Counties Allotments Association (SWCAA), *Separate individual affiliation membership of SWCAA is available and importantly includes Public and Product Liability Insurance. The affiliation membership cost of the SWCAA is £10.00, however by being a member of the BAA this is reduced to £5.00

Keeping Chickens on Your Allotment

Keeping chickens can be very rewarding and life-enriching and Barnstaple Town Council welcomes plot holders to make an application to keep chickens on their plot. We allow tenants to house up to 6 chickens and have a Guide to Keeping Chickens which includes the Town Council’s Policy.
Guide to Keeping Chickens  
To apply to keep chickens on your plot please complete an application form and submit it to admin@barnstapletowncouncil.gov.uk or post to Barnstaple Town Council, Barum House, The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS.
Further guidelines and our policy can be viewed by clicking on the links below.