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Apply for an allotment

Use this form to add your name to an allotment waiting list. Our allotments are available to residents of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames only (18+ years).

Waiting list closures

A number of waiting lists have been closed due to the wait time exceeding 5 years. Waiting lists will reopen when the wait time is estimated to be less than 5 years.

The following waiting lists will be closed until further notice:

  • Brook Road
  • Cavendish House
  • Heath Gardens
  • Hertford Avenue
  • Mill Road
  • Marsh Farm
  • Old Palace Lane
  • Palewell Park
  • Palewell Pavilion
  • The Priory
  • Short Lots
  • St Anns
  • South Close
  • The Triangle
  • Townmead Road
  • Westfield

Please note that applicants already on the waiting list will not be affected.

Before you start

Please ensure you have read and considered the following before you apply.

Waiting list

The waiting list spreadsheet (MS Excel, 21 KB) shows the number of plots on each site, the number of new plot holders starting over the past three years, the date of application for the next person to be contacted when a plot is available, and the total number of applicants waiting for each site for the year indicated. This list is updated once a year.

You may add your name to the waiting list for up to three sites that you are interested in. You will be contacted when your name is near the top of the list.

Commitment required

A well maintained plot of 5 rods or 126 square metres will take approximately six hours care each week, more in some months, less in others. An available plot may well have been neglected so is likely to take considerable time and physical effort to bring back to the required standard.

Consider the site

Visit your preferred site to chat to a committee member and other plot holders. Get a feel for the place. Consider your travelling time, ease of access and carriage of any equipment or supplies.

Most sites have volunteer committees that undertake some aspects of the council’s role in caring for their respective plots and present their members views to the council. All sites have experienced gardeners only too willing to help or advise new plot holders and so communities develop as facilities, ideas, problems and benefits are shared. 

Terms and conditions

All plot holders must adhere to the terms and conditions(pdf, 796KB) to ensure the appropriate use of each site, and the enduring harmony with fellow plot holders and surrounding neighbours. Sensible restrictions apply to such things as buildings, bonfires, crops and trees.

You will need

  • The names of the sites which you are interested in.
  • Your contact details - you must notify us if these change.

What happens next

You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the form, please keep this safe and retain the date of your application for future enquiries.

We will add your name to the waiting list for your selected allotment/s.

Start my application

Short - this form shouldn’t take long to complete.

Keep us updated

Please remember to update us on any change in contact details - applicants that cannot be contacted will be removed from the waiting list.

You must contact us if you no longer wish to have an allotment. This will allow us to have a more accurate picture of our waiting lists.

Updated: 14 September 2022

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