Allotments

Coronavirus (Covid 19) – Emergency Measures

According to Government guidance Allotment holders are still permitted to visit your plot and to take daily exercise on your own or with members of your household.  However, any plot holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with coronavirus should NOT be visiting the site.

Plot Holders should take the following precautionary measures :

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other and stay at least 2 metres apart
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  • Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs

ALLOTMENTS WAITING LIST   

We operate a waiting list for allotment plots.

As a result of the lockdown we have seen an increase in interest from residents who would like to have an allotment plot but unfortunately, there has not been many vacant plots available in Seaton Valley.  Our waiting list has been closed for some time as it has been quite lengthy as not many plots have been given up in recent years.

However, we are currently working on getting some vacant plots prepared for allocation in Seaton Delaval.  We have therefore decided to accept new applications for allotments at our Seaton Delaval sites.  Please note that we will only be able to accept applications for allotments in Seaton Delaval and applications for the allotment sites in New Hartley and Seaton Sluice will remain closed.

Application forms are available by contacting us on 0191 2379870 or email services@seatonvalleycommunitycouncil.gov.uk


LETTINGS AND MANAGEMENT POLICY

In March 2021 a new Allotments Lettings and Management Policy was agreed by Council.

The policy is to clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of the council and its allotment tenants.

Allotments Lettings and Management Policy (March 2021)


Seaton Valley Council is aware of the importance of allotments to our community and is working hard to not only meet the needs of plot holders, but also to ensure that it is working with the community to provide a balanced environment for future generations.

Allotments provide the opportunity for fresh air and exercise for those interested in growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. They also provide the chance to make new friends with other like-minded people.

Seaton Valley Council manages 13 sites. Our plot sizes range from as small as 30 m sq to as large as over 400 m sq.

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Shown below is a list of the Councils allotment sites:

  • Ancroft Road, Seaton Delaval – Map
  • Baxter Terrace, Seaton Delaval – Map
  • Beresford Road, Seaton Sluice – Map
  • Dartford Close, Seaton Delaval – Map
  • Dene Top, Seaton Sluice – Map
  • Gloria Avenue, New Hartley – Map
  • Hall Farm, Holywell – Map
  • Memorial Playing Fields, New Hartley – Map
  • Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval – Map
  • Seghill Road, Seaton Delaval – Map
  • Victoria Close, Seaton Delaval – Map
  • West Terrace, Seaton Sluice – Map
  • Coppergate, Holywell – Map

Coppergate in Holywell is under devolved management arrangements.  This means that a formally constituted allotment association leases the site from Seaton Valley Council, and reinvests the revenue it collects from rents on maintenance repairs and capital items.

USEFUL TIPS ON MAINTAINING SOIL FERTILITY

Fertile soil is essential for organic gardening. The soil needs to be managed so that the structure, fertility and living organisms in the soil are protected and developed.

To promote the soils fertility you can add manure and plant remains which will maintain the soils humus levels. This will feed the soil life which is essential for a healthy soil and provide plant nutrients. Green manures can be grown to protect and feed the soil. This keeps the cultivation at a minimum and avoids damaging the soil structure.

To maintain the soils fertility:

  • Cover the soil with a green manure. This will protect the surface living organisms and the soil structure from damage by dry conditions, heavy rain or strong winds.
  • Apply manure or plant wastes. Apply one wheelbarrow full of well-rotted manure or two of compost per 10 m sq of ground per year.
  • Loosen the subsoil which will break up compaction
  • Use a rotation system for annual plants.
  • Cultivating the soil shouldn’t be carried out when the soil is too wet or too dry. Don’t mix the subsoil with topsoil. Cultivating the soil should be kept at a minimum to avoid damaging the soil structure.

Here you can find out how to get hold of your composting bin.

COMPOST BINS

How do I start composting?

To get started, the first thing you will need to do is buy a home composting bin.

Northumberland County Council are working with getcomposting.com to offer residents a range of home compost bins, wormeries and accessories at special offer prices.  Order composting equipment online here.