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Allotments in Basildon Borough

There are seven allotment sites across the borough with a total of 513 plots. Basildon Council manages three of these sites and the other four are run by allotment associations under a devolved management arrangement.

Do you like fresh vegetables, exercise and recreation? Tending an allotment can be an extremely rewarding experience as well as a good form of exercise that will help keep you healthy and active.  Renting an allotment will enable you to grow your own vegetables, fruit and flowers and at the same time you will learn new skills and make new friends.

There are seven council allotment sites across the borough with a total of 513 plots.  Basildon Council manages three of these sites and the remaining four are managed by allotment associations under a devolved management arrangement. All of the sites are fenced and have a water supply and some have spaces for parking. Plot sizes vary from site to site and within sites.

The soil throughout the borough is heavy London clay that is typically wet, heavy and waterlogged in winter and inclined to dry out very quickly and go hard in hot summers. Basildon's allotment holders overcome these extremes by improving the soil structure on their plots with plenty of well rotted farmyard manure, leaf mould and/or compost . Deep digging can also improve drainage and air circulation.  On plots where drainage is a particular issue, (or where an allotment holder has limited mobility and difficulty bending ) the construction of raised planting beds is often the best solution.  Raised beds are also useful for growing crops such as herbs that require a free draining soil.

Applications and waiting lists for allotments

Allotment gardening is very popular at the moment and all the plots are currently taken. Plots may become available during the year and you can join a waiting list for one of the sites. Plots are offered to those on the list as they become available.

Applications for plots on council managed allotment sites

Basildon Council maintains a waiting list for plots at its Laindon, Vange and Wickford allotment sites however, plots at the Laindon allotment site are restricted to residents of the three Laindon wards of Laindon Park, Langdon Hills and Lee Chapel North.

Join the allotment waiting list

To join the waiting list for an allotment on a council managed site please Submit an allotment waiting list application online now .

Applications for plots association managed allotment sites

Applications for a plots on an association managed allotment sites are managed by each site's own allotment association. See below for contact details.

Allotment rents and charges - effective from 1st April 2017

Allotment rents and charges for council managed allotment sites

  • Market Road, Wickford - Per annum  £33.70  (OAP Per annum £16.80) plus additional one off charge of £5 for a key to your allotment site (replacement key £5).
  • St James' Road, Vange - Per annum  £33.70  (OAP Per annum £16.80) plus additional one off charge of £5 for a key to your allotment site (replacement key £5).
  • Victoria Park, Laindon  - This site includes toilet facilities. Small plot £58.00, medium plot £87.00, Large plot £116.00. Key charges: There is a £10 charge for a set of keys, of which £5 will be refunded when the keys are handed back. If a key is lost, the charge for a replacement will be £5, if the complete set of keys is lost, the charge for replacement will be £15.

Rents and charges are reviewed annually and tenancies are renewed every April.

Allotment rents and charges on association managed allotment sites

Rents and charges on association managed allotment sites are set by each site's own allotment association. See below for contact details.

Allotment holders handbook

Allotment Holders Handbook image Basildon Council has produced an Allotment Holder's Handbook containing sections on:

  • Getting started
  • Soil type and preparation
  • Planting
  • Year planning
  • Useful tips for a successful plot.

Download your copy now, pdf icon Basildon Council - Allotment Holders Handbook [2Mb]

Allotment sites managed by Basildon Council

Market Road, Wickford

104 plots and is managed by Basildon Council.  There is a waiting list at this site.

St James Road, Vange

32 plots and is managed by Basildon Council.  There is a waiting list at this site. Part of the site is being used by local charity Basildon MIND.  This area has wheelchair access, raised and ground level beds and an informal pond. The group would welcome assistance in the maintenance of this area.  If you like to volunteer your time and share your gardening experience please telephone one of the following:

  • Jill on 01268 555997
  • Dave Kisby 07807 661623
  • Keith  Chalk on 07952 452463.

Victoria Park, Laindon

40 plots plus two raised beds managed by Basildon Council. There is a waiting list at this site. The two raised beds have been let to a local group to give disabled Laindon residents the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables.  The site has a small building including a wheelchair accessible toilet and there is limited on site parking. It has been decided that plots will only be made available to residents of the Laindon Park, Langdon Hills and Lee Chapel North wards.

Allotment sites managed by allotment associations

Holden Gardens, Fryerns

59 plots managed by an allotment association on behalf of Basildon Council. The allotment association sets the rent.  In addition to the working plots there is a wildlife area and small pond. Email enquiries please to The Lettings Secretary at holden.gardens.allotments@outlook.com.

Pendle Drive, Fryerns

38 plots managed by an allotment association on behalf of Basildon Council. The allotment association sets the rent.  For more details you are advised to visit the site on a Saturday morning and speak to a committee member.

London Road, Bowers Gifford

118 plots managed by an allotment association on behalf of Basildon Council. The allotment association sets the rent. Enquiries please to Hugh Malem on 01268 473205.

London Road, Crays Hill

120 plots managed by an allotment association on behalf of Basildon Council. The allotment association sets the rent. Enquiries please to the Crays Hill Allotment Association's chairperson on 01277 659384.

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