Allotments boost for Birmingham

By on 09/06/2010 in News

With more and more people growing their own for a taste of the Good Life, Birmingham City Council is set to open its first major allotment site for over 30 years.

And demand for allotments in some areas of Birmingham is so high that Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney expects the 80 plots of the Victoria Jubilee Allotments to be quickly snapped up.

The new site is located immediately to the south of Handsworth Park in the north-west corner of the new Parklands development and covers what remains of the original privately owned Victoria Jubilee Allotments. Part of an original hedgerow has been retained as a central feature.

Developer Persimmon, has constructed the site to a high specification to meet modern allotment site requirements and facilities include:

  • 80 small (200 sq yd) plots
  • 10 standpipes
  • Roads and parking
  • Fencing
  • Clubhouse offering a meeting room, stores area, kitchenette, toilets including full disabled access
  • Water and electricity

Cllr Mullaney said: “This is a terrific boost to allotment provision in Birmingham and demand is already high for plots at this impressive new site.

“Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a healthy, cost effective way to supplement your weekly diet and a few hours working on the allotment can also be the equivalent of a workout at the gym.

“The Victoria Jubilee Allotments have every facility modern allotment users expect and healthy, homegrown produce will now be on the menu in 80 more Birmingham households.”

Officers from Birmingham City Council's Allotments Team will be on hand to sign-up new tenants at the Victoria Jubilee Allotments from 12 noon on Saturday June 12. NB only people on currently on the waiting list can sign-up at this stage.

Officers will also be able to provide practical advice for new tenants on how to get started.


Notes to Editors

  • Birmingham has the largest provision of allotments of any Local Authority in the UK. 115 sites, nearly 7,000 plots and over 80 Allotment Associations.
  • Rents range from £22 to £39 a year, depending on plot size.
  • If you would like more information about taking on a new allotment in your area, Tel: 0121 303 3038. We will send you details of sites in your area and contact names so that you can arrange to see available plots.
  • Birmingham and District Allotments Council 
  • The National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardens Ltd

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  1. I’ve put together some images of the opening day of the new Victoria Jubilee Allotments on 12 June 2010