Covid-19 Use of Allotments

The National Allotment Society has issued the following guidance for allotment holders in relation to Covid-19.  Please follow this guidance when visiting your plot.

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly where possible.

  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any locked gate.
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres.
  • DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2-3 metres apart (remember the Government is stopping all public gatherings of more than two people).
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces, however consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks do so.
  • Minimise contact with each other (e.g. example no handshakes).DO NOT share tools.
  • DO NOT wash your hands in water troughs/butts.
  • Should you have livestock on site and must visit twice a day, then take a photograph on your phone of your livestock, if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.

Further advice from the Association can be found at:


Allotment gardening provides benefits to individuals, communities and the environment.

As well as being a sociable activity, helping people to get fit and healthy, it provides low cost food and provides habitats for many forms of wildlife.

We manage eight local allotment sites, as shown below.

There is a waiting list for our sites. If you would like to apply for an allotment, your details will be added to our database and when a suitable plot becomes available you will be contacted.

Apply for an allotment
Allotments may be available through Parish Councils, contact your Parish Clerk to check for your area.

Allotment sites in South Derbyshire