Allotments not only provide you with fresh, homegrown produce at a reasonable cost, allotment gardening is also a great way to boost physical and mental health, and relax outdoors.
Harpenden Town Council provides allotments at 14 sites throughout Harpenden. Two allotment societies administer the allotments on the Town Council’s behalf, these are East Harpenden Gardening Club and South Harpenden Allotments and Gardens Society. All sites have a water supply and most have an adjoining car park. If you would like more information or would like to rent an allotment, please contact one of the allotment societies or the Town Council. A detailed map is featured below which shows which society is responsible for which allotment site.
East Harpenden Gardening Club
The Club manages six sites with around 200 plots (no. 1- 6 on the map below). More information can be found on their website www.ehgc.org
The Club’s Headquarters and Shop is at Holcroft Road (next to the Batford Memorial Hall) and is well-stocked with a wide variety of seeds, compost, fertiliser and more at very competitive prices.
The shop is open on Sundays between 10.00am and 12pm from February to the end of November.
SOUTH HARPENDEN ALLOTMENTS AND GARDENS SOCIETY
The Society manages over 400 plots on eight sites across the Town (no. 7-15 shown on the map below). More information can be found on their website www.shallotments.weebly.com.
To enquire about plot availability and membership, please contact email email@example.com or visit the Society's shop on a Sunday morning between 10am and 12pm. The shop is located on the Piggottshill site in Dark Lane, Harpenden, AL5 1QA. It stocks a wide range of seeds, compost, fertiliser and more. Harpenden Horticultural Society members may also use the shop upon presentation of their HHS membership card.
ALLOTMENT SITES IN HARPENDEN - see map below.
East Harpenden Gardening Club
- HOLCROFT ROAD
- RIVERSIDE, off Station Road
- PORTERS HILL PARK
- MARQUIS LANE
- CRABTREE LANE
- WILLOUGHBY ROAD, beside Westfield Recreation Ground
South Harpenden Allotments and Gardens Society
- ALDWICKBURY, off Dark Lane
- HARPENDEN RISE, off Luton Road
- CROSS LANE, off Welbeck Rise
- TOPSTREET WAY, off Topstreet Way
- SIBLEY AVENUE, off Grove Road
- OAKLEY ROAD, off Grove Road
- CHURCHFIELD, entrance from Co-op Supermarket car park.
- PIGGOTTSHILL, off Grove Road
The benefits of an allotment are varied!
The health benefits are extensive: organic produce is pesticide-free and the taste is excellent.
There are the advantages for all members of the family to get involved in some form of exercise in the fresh air.
Individuals have an opportunity to make friends with others of a similar interest regardless of social/economic background and age! There is a wealth of help, support and advice that new plot holders may seek from experienced plot holders if required.
There is an opportunity to make your own compost, thereby recycling garden waste and encouraging natural biodiversity.
Overall, the benefits of allotment gardening are excellent value — and much better than just watching gardening programmes!
Access for all
The Town Council is keen to ensure that anyone who wants one can have an allotment. If you have a disability which requires the adaptation of an existing allotment plot, please contact the Town Council or the relevant allotment society to discuss what changes can be made.
Harpenden Town Council
Town Hall, Leyton Road,
Harpenden, Herts AL5 2LX
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