Do you like gardening and having home-grown food to eat? Addingham Parish Council can help you do this, even if you don’t have enough space yourself.
The Council has over 130 allotments, rented out to residents in the village, managed at 4 allotment sites, 3 off Silsden Rd and one at the top of Stockinger Lane.
The original Silsden Rd sites were identified under the Enclosures Act of 1845 and came to the Council in 1873, with the one nearest the Nature Reserve being extended and laid out as additional allotment plots in 1915. The Newtown site on Stockinger Lane was acquired as a gift by the Council and set up as allotments around the same time. Today, the sites are managed by the Council under its statutory powers to provide allotments for the public for cultivation of fruit and vegetables.
Allotment gardening provides a wide range of benefits to communities and the environment. Apart from providing low cost healthy 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.
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 in 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. Addingham has a local Allotments Association (contact details on the listing of voluntary organisations under the Community section of this website), which can help out with advice and guidance, and also runs a weekly allotment shop during the growing season.
Anyone over the age of 18 can get an allotment in their own name; people under this age will need to get the tenancy agreement forms signed by a parent or guardian. It is expected that all tenants abide by their tenancy agreement and keep their plots neat and tidy and under cultivation and pay the annual rent on time!
Any enquiries should be made to the Assistant Clerk, Wendy Green, Addingham Parish Council Telephone 01943 831758 Email: addinghampc2.gov.uk
We have approximately 132 allotment plots with a waiting list averaging around 10 people at any one time. Plots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and we do all we can to allocate available plots as quickly as possible, including splitting plots in half, if appropriate, when they become available.