Does where you live affect the price you pay for an allotment in England?

A new study has revealed that where you live can drastically impact the amount you might pay to rent an allotment in England.

GTSE, online DIY and gardening supplies experts have researched the affordability and availability of allotment gardens for rent in England (outside of London). The data from 36 Metropolitan Borough Council areas has been analysed to reveal just how big the gap is.

The study found huge differences in allotment availability and costs in England’s Metropolitan Council areas. With Council run plots varying by up to 1,015 in number and the average costs ranging between just £17 and £382.

The lowest average plot costs can be found in,

  1. Stockport – average cost is £17
  2. Kirklees – average cost is £21
  3. Wakefield – average cost is £26
  4. Sunderland – average cost is £33
  5. Dudley – average cost is £36

The most expensive average plot costs can be found in,

  1. Rochdale – average cost is £382
  2. St Helens – average cost is £259
  3. Bury – average cost is £223
  4. Sefton – average cost is £164
  5. Tameside – average cost is £126

Our research shows that the barriers to accessing allotment plots in England are extremely location dependent. 56% of allotments offer some form of discounts for tenants which will certainly help to give more equal opportunity. Discounts for over 65s are as high as 50% in areas such as Tameside and over 60s in Liverpool for example.

Tom Armenante, director at GTSE said,

“Our research has found that there are huge differences in availability and costs surrounding renting allotments in England. However, there are multiple factors at play here with each council managing their city’s allotments differently. Some are council run, whilst others are completely independent. Some plots are larger in size and others have higher costs due to water access and the amount of work required to maintain.

Despite this though, it’s clear that demand is high and that location really does play a role in how much residents might end up paying and how long they might be waiting to start their allotment journey. It really is a postcode lottery.”

Whilst there are many benefits to having an allotment, the maintenance requires commitment and hard work. Tom suggests starting with a small plot to grow your skills, or even making a small space in the garden (should you have one) to test whether it is the right decision for you.