Allotments

Seaton Valley Council Allotment Sites

We are 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.

We manage 13 sites. Our plot sizes range from as small as 30 m sq to as large as over 400 m sq.

We produce a yearly newsletter for out Allotment Tenants.  Allotment Talk Issue 9

Allotment site in summer

Shown below is a list of the Council’s allotment sites:

  • Ancroft Road, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0ER – Map
  • Baxter Terrace, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0AP – Map
  • Beresford Road, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4RH – Map
  • Dartford Close, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BY – Map
  • Dene Top, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4DD – Map
  • Gloria Avenue, New Hartley, NE25 0RY – Map
  • Hall Farm, Holywell, NE25 0LB – Map
  • Memorial Playing Fields, New Hartley, NE25 0RP – Map
  • Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BY – Map
  • Seghill Road, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0QJ – Map
  • Victoria Close, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BY – Map
  • West Terrace, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4RE – Map
  • Coppergate, Holywell, NE25 0TT – 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.


Allotments Waiting List

We are currently accepting applications for allotment plots in Seaton Valley.

Please be aware that we only have a limited number of allotment plots currently available and we will allocate these to applicants based on your date of application and site preference.

We cannot guarantee when a plot will become available but your name will remain on the waiting list until we are able to allocate you a suitable allotment plot.

Allotment Application Forms are available below:

You can request an application by post by phoning 0191 2379870 or application forms can be collected from our offices in Seaton Delaval.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Seaton Valley Council Offices in Seaton Delaval or emailed to:  admin@seatonvalleycommunitycouncil.gov.uk

Note:  You must be resident in Seaton Valley to apply for one of our allotment plots.


Lettings and Management Policy

In March 2023 the 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 2023)


Allotment Rents 2024/25

Our allotment plot rents are based on the size of the plot in square meters.  The current rents are detailed below:

Size (square meters) Rent
0 – 50 m2 £46.90
51 – 100 m2 £57.00
101 – 200 m2 £60.40
201 – 300 m2 £63.25
301 – 400 m2 £70.30
401 – 450 m2 £77.30
451 – 999 m2 £84.35

 

Avian Flu (Bird Flu)

Practicing good biosecurity at all times protects the health and welfare of your birds.

Find out what you can do to prevent bird flu and stop it spreading and how to spot and report suspicion of avian influenza in poultry or other captive birds.

Government bird keeping registration rule change.

It has been announced that the legislation around bird keeping registration is changing.

It used to be that only keepers of 50 or more birds needed to be registered but that is now changing and even keeping 1 bird you will be legally required to register it with the relevant authorities.

In England and Wales keepers are encouraged to register their birds ahead of the legal deadline on 1 October 2024.

The requirements will be set out in legislation shortly and keepers will also be legally required to update their information on an annual basis.

Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information

Birds

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.

Composting 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.