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Allotments

KTC has twelve allotment sites under its control which all fall under the remit of the Allotments & Landscapes Committee. Additionally, the committee also has responsibility for: Damems Nature Trail, Oakworth Sensory Garden and Town Hall Square. The allotments were in dire need of investment when KTC took control of them in 2005. Over the past decade, an investment program has brought the majority of the sites up to a good standard.

Many sites have had new security fencing; others have had path and water improvements. Some sites have also had additional plots created. We are aware there are still some outstanding issues to be attended to on some allotments sites and these matters are being dealt with on an ongoing basis.

We are very proud of our relatively short waiting lists in Keighley for an allotment. There are less than one hundred people waiting collectively across the town for a plot. This is less than half of what the list was at its peak. It is also considerably shorter than many comparative lists in other areas of the country. However, we can’t rest on our laurels and we are constantly striving to further reduce the waiting times.

Allotment Sites 

Contact the Allotment's Officer for further details: [email protected]

 

Arncliffe Road Marley
Bracken Bank Marland Road
Castle Hills Oakworth
East Morton Selborne Grove
Granby Drive Westfield Crescent
Guardhouse Hog Holes
Hard Ings Road  

 

 

 

 

 

 



For those who have an allotment believe it’s a real advantage to be able to grow your own food. However allotments do take up a lot of time. Certainly 6-10 hours per week down on the plot during the growing season is typical. Often running a successful plot can take even longer than this. Without doubt the one thing that defeats new starters more than anything else is a lack of spare time to tend the plot. So please do carefully consider whether you can fit in the commitment of having an allotment into your life before applying to take one on.

The rewards of a well tended plot are immense. Fresh, healthy, tasty fruit and vegetables for your family can be produced almost all year round. This combined with good exercise, plenty of fresh air and a chance to meet new people and make new friends make the attractions clear.


Keeping an Allotment

Keeping an allotment can be a very rewarding pastime. There are many benefits, including physical exercise, mental wellbeing, healthy eating, social interaction and family bonding. But it can also prove hard work and a little demoralising at times if plots are not kept under control.

Keeping an allotment is a commitment.

TV programmes are very good at making it look easy; they usually show loose easily-dug soil in their demonstrations. However, if you’ve just been allocated an allotment the chances are you’ve inherited a disused plot which will require a lot of hard work to clear well-established weeds and to break the ground. If this is the case, it’s important to establish control of your plot as quickly as you can and there's no shame in seeking help from family and friends to assist with this initial challenge.

Whilst it’s not always possible to allocate a lot of your time to your allotment garden, gaining control of your plot quickly will pay dividends in the long run. However, be careful not to fall into the trap that so many new allotmenteers fall into. Having worked so hard to clear your plot, resist the temptation to take a break and leave it a few weeks before returning. Those that do, invariably return to a weed-infested plot and find themselves back at square one. After the initial purge, “little and often” is the key to enjoyable and successful allotment gardening

Essential equipment is a good spade, fork, hoe and rake. The purchase or loan of a garden Rotovator may prove a great help. If you haven’t inherited a shed you may want to acquire one, and if you do, the addition of some guttering and a water butt could prove very useful.

​​​Many experienced gardeners will argue strenuously that no allotment is complete without a compost bin or heap of some kind. Not only do they give you somewhere to dispose of your weeds, they provide valuable compost free of charge. Some traditionalists say you should always have two compost bins, one to dump the current seasons’ waste and another to draw compost from the previous seasons’ waste. There are several “tricks of the trade” to help produce good quality compost, including covering, watering and turning the heap. Don’t forget worms are very beneficial and will help produce good quality compost. Avoid putting perennial weeds on the heap as they will usually survive and re-grow. Perennial weeds and their roots should be burned or disposed of through other means.

When choosing and planting your crops, consider the size of the mature specimen and pay particular attention to the planting distances recommended on the seed packets, leaflets and guides. It’s very common for new enthusiastic gardeners to plant too closely together and thus deny the crops the space they need to develop properly. Over-crowding also encourages pests and diseases.

Don't plant the same crop on the same piece of ground year after year. Rotation of crops is an important aspect of allotment management.

Another pitfall to be aware of is the incorrect sowing of seeds. A common mistake with inexperience gardeners is to sow seeds too deeply – effectively burying them rather than sowing them and hence they fail to germinate, much to the dismay of the gardener. Again, follow the advice on the seed packets. As a golden rule, the smaller the seed the closer to the surface it needs to be.

Finally, make sure you’ve got a seat of some kind. Sit back and take the weight off your feet, survey your kingdom, bask in the fruits of your labour, listen to the birds singing, breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun on your skin and experience a wonderful sense of well-being.

Keeping an allotment can be the most rewarding experience. Enjoy!

All About Allotments


If anyone is interested in having a plot please contact the Allotments Officer, The Allotments Officer 

Advice Sheet for Newcomers

The Office opening hours are:

  • Monday 8.30am to 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 8.30am to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 8.30am to 3.00pm

Email: [email protected] or ring the office on 01535 618396 or 07766 402539. Please note that the Allotments Office is only open on a part time basis

 

Site Name

 Number of

People on List

Notes

Arncliffe Road

9

For Horticultural use only – no animals allowed

Bracken Bank

3

This site has no mains water

Castle Hills

10

Some plots allow poultry

Granby Drive

5

For Horticultural use only – no animals alowed

Guardhouse

7

Plots allow poultry

Hard Ings Rd

16

Plots allow poultry

East Morton

2

For Horticultural use only – no animals allowed

 Marley

6

For Horticultural use only – no animals allowed

Dockroyd Lane

23

For Horticultural use only – no animals allowed

Selborne Grove

6

Several plots allow poultry. The majority are for horticultural use only

Utley

12

For Horticultural use only – no animals allowed

Westfield Cres

4

 

This site has no mains water.

Horticultural use only – no animals allowed

Note: The Council reserves the right to request up to date proof of identity and proof of residency of all applicants.

Any applicant who wishes to claim a reduction in rent will be expected to provide proof of benefits and the council will require a photocopy of your entitlement for it’s records.