Q Can I pay monthly?
A We don’t have any monthly payment arrangements, but if it’s a problem paying the rent all at once, let us know and we can work something out in the Association
Q Does it cost less if I sign up after October?
A Only if you start from April onwards and then you pay a half year’s rental.
Q Is it cheaper to take on a plot which is in a bad state and overgrown?
A Not in the first year, but if you bring it up to a reasonable standard, you can ask for a concession (discount) on your second year’s rental
Q Can I get my money back if I find I can’t manage to look after a plot?
A No, but if you’ve never had a plot before, there are things we could suggest so you can have a ‘trial run’ and see whether it suits you
Q Can couples or friends sign up together?
A One person only can sign the allotment agreement (we have to send a copy to the Council), but if you want to share the cost with a partner or friend, that’s up to you. It’s still the person signing the agreement who is responsible for the plot.
There are examples on our sites of lots of different arrangements which work – single people, couples where both come to the site or just one is interested, whole families, parents and grown-up children, other combinations of family members, or just friends. They work if the people involved all ‘pull their weight’ and/or everyone involved is happy with the arrangement and gets some benefit.
Q Does the rental charge given on the website cover everything?
A The rental charge covers renting the plot for 1 year, and this gives access to the site, water, toilets and other facilities on the site. In addition, we ask for a membership fee for the Association (currently £4 a year). All of the membership income goes towards looking after the sites, and it also includes insurance via the National Allotment Society