Allotments are provided to enable residents of Uckfield to have access to space where they can grow produce for their own consumption, whilst enjoying the social aspects of allotment gardening in a green and healthy environment. The Council supports the use of environmentally friendly methods and promotes rain harvesting systems, such as water butts.
Plots vary in size and all sites have a water supply.
The cost of an allotment plot from 1st October 2018 to September 2019 is £2.24 per 15sq metre, plus an additional water charge. Tenants will be required to submit a deposit of such an amount as the Council may from time to time decide, which will be refunded at the time of cessation of the allotment tenancy provided the plot is left in a satisfactory and rentable condition. The deposit for 2019/2020 is £50.00.
CARPETS must NOT be used for weed control on allotments.
The Town Council has introduced an annual allotment competition with each plot holder being entered automatically. Judging takes place each year by an independent person and categories include best allotment on each site and best overall allotment.
For the last two years Staverton Nursery at Halland has kindly judged and sponsored the allotment competition.
There were five Best Kept Allotment prizes covering the five allotment sites – Bell Lane, Bird-in-Eye, Framfield, Ridgewood and West Park. An overall winner was chosen from the winners of each of these whose name will be added to the plaque held at the Civic Centre.
In addition, there was a category for the Most Creative Allotment judged on the imaginative and creative use of the allotment space as well as the use of sustainable and innovative growing techniques.
Unfortunately, this year there were no entries for the children’s category for the Best Wigwam of Runner Beans.
The winners of the allotment competition were announced at the Allotment Conference held on 11 September in the Civic Centre.
Bell Lane – Mr Huxley
Bird in Eye – Mrs Turner
Framfield Road – Mrs Berry
Ridgewood – Mrs Gardner
West Park – Mr Dawkins