Wallingford (Highcroft Development) – Allotment access works and Fir Tree Avenue Footpath 27/28

Allotment access will be restricted and no vehicles will be able to drive onto the allotments from the 5th September until around the 14th October. They are targeting 6 weeks of works and will try to improve this where possible but this also may be hindered by weather for surfacing works etc.

The footpath is to the link from the back of Fir Tree Avenue, through to the allotment access gate and linking up with the Highcroft development. There is a footpath closure notice which will advise users of the diversion.

The works will consist of resurfacing the existing tarmac, laying a new tarmac path, removal of vegetation to facilitate the path width and installing a new fence whilst repositioning the existing allotment gate. The allotments will also have a new access into the new allotments on Highcroft (these are proposed to be adopted in February 2023) this goes over an existing, now not used allotment and a new allotment being developed. There will also be a resurfacing of the road way around the allotments.

We hope to cause you as little disruption as possible throughout this period and welcome you to make contact with us or relevant parties if you have any concerns or questions during the works, on the below details.

Working hours will be restricted to between 8am – 4.30pm. The footpath will be closed for the duration of works but there will be restricted access allowed to you the allotment holders to the allotments on foot (no vehicles access) during the works.

Access to the works will mostly be from the Highcroft development, however the contractors will need to access the works via Fir Tree Avenue.

If you have questions, please contact the undersigned.

  • If your query is in relation to the allotments, please contact Cllr Steve Holder on 07888668619.
  • If your query is in relation to the construction activity, please contact Martin Mills 07929071175.
  • If you wish to approach the County Council, the Countryside Access Officer dealing with the works is Angel Collodel Angel.Collodel@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Allotment informal face to face surgery

On a separate note, Cllr Steve Holder in his role as Chair of Parks, Gardens, Allotments and Open Spaces wanted to invite you to come along to have an informal chat about all things Allotments. He will be doing two dates: –

WAGS (Wallingford Allotment & Garden Society) Show on Saturday 10th September 11:00 – 16:00: – Steve will have a table set up outside centre 70 so please come along for a chat.

Allotments – Saturday 17th September 10:00 – 12:00: – Steve will be at the allotments wandering around to chat to allotment holders on site.

Wallingford Town Council Allotments

Ever wanted to grow your own vegetables, fresh fruit, herbs and flowers? If so, we may be able to offer you an allotment.

Wallingford Town Council manages the allotment to the rear of Fir Tree Avenue in the West of the Town.

There are 100 full size and half size plots.

Plots and Prices

Prices for 2021 – 2022 (billed on a yearly tenancy)

  • £20 for half plot per annum
  • £40 for full plot per annum

Prices for 2022 – 2023 (billed on a yearly tenancy)

  • £30 for half plot per annum
  • £50 for full plot per annum

How to apply for an allotment

A £10 non-refundable administration charge is payable to register your interest.  Please complete an Register your interest in an Allotment Form

If you are interested in applying for an allotment please read the Allotment Terms and Conditions before registering your interest and then send the completed form to : Wallingford Town Council, 8a Castle Street, Wallingford.

Due to the nature of the allotment system we are unable to give an indication of how often a plot will be made available however we will be able to let you know what position you are on the waiting list.

The benefits of an allotment

  • Tending an allotment is a great way of growing healthy vegetables, fruits and herbs at a competitive price.
  • There can be a lot of pleasure in knowing that you have grown your own food in harmony with the environment, especially if you decide to do so organically.
  • You will get a sense of accomplishment as the results of your efforts and it’s also a fun way to relax and get away from the stresses and strains of a busy lifestyle.
  • Tending an allotment can be a rewarding community experience. You can make friends with people who have similar interests and pass on knowledge and expertise to those who are starting afresh.
  • Allotments can also be about having a secluded space where you can hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign and give yourself some quiet time to tend nature.
  • Allotments are wonderful spaces of natural discovery, as more and more families participate in the ‘grow your own’ trend.
  • Tending an allotment can be an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages and abilities. Gardening outdoors can exercise the heart and lungs while you work up a healthy appetite for all the wholesome food you produce.

There are environmental benefits to growing your own food too.

  • By growing locally, you will reduce your carbon footprint, which is often linked with driving out-of-town supermarkets.
  • By buying less inefficiently packaged food in supermarkets you will have less household waste to fill your bins with.

Update your details

To help us to manage the allotments effectively it’s important that we have up-to-date contact information for all our allotment tenants. Email us at senioradmin@wallingfordtowncouncil.gov.uk to update your details. Please include your, name, address, telephone number, email address and plot number.

If you want more advice and guidance on what to plant and how to get the best out of your allotment, take a look at The National Society of Allotment Leisure Gardeners Ltd Website.