Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Thursday, March 19, 2009

About the Hill

The allotments are laid out in a row from plot 1 at the bottom of the Hill (to the right of the entrance, which emerges at plot 18) up to plot 29 at the car park & club house to the left. Further to the left up the Hill, the allotments are off to the right & left of the roadway up to number 46.

The plots are a standard 250 sq yds in size – that’s about 22’ by 110’, & some of the plots are split into half plots (like ours), so there are over 70 allotment holders.

Edit to add: All of our plots are well tended (well, a couple a little 'scruffy', but nothing really unloved), a situation which the comittee keeps a very strict eye on. Allotment gardening is currently very popular for all sorts of reasons, and in common with all of our local authority allotment sites, we have a waiting list - ours contains about 15 names at present.

And that isn't a large redcurrant bush or bonfire just to the right of the entrance, it's our plot.

The club house is a ‘members only’ social club, with (cheap!) beer supplied by the excellent Banks brewery – there’s live entertainment every Saturday night, along with a free ‘n easy night & a monthly midweek entertainer.

There’s a communal polytunnel, basic gardening supplies from the shed (cheaper than the garden centre), tools to borrow, a library of gardening books & a seed swap tin.

This all promotes a sense of community at the Hill, for me the most surprising benefit of having an allotment– & of course it doesn’t happen by accident, but due to both the allotment holders & those people who are members of the social club on site.

The Committee pull it all together, but there are also people like Reg-next-plot who has organised a grow-spuds-in-a-growbag competition for club members & allotment holders this year, & John Badger from the bottom who has organised the library.

And of course the social event of the year is the Annual Show which is held in the club house & is open for allotment holders & club members alike – with flower, cakes & preserve categories along with the vegetable categories, a diary highlight!


  1. Sounds like you have a wonderful place, both the community and the land.

    Are most of the plots worked, or do you have allotments that have been worked for two frenetic weekends by a newbie and then abandoned?

  2. Thank you for such a perceptive question! In fact, it's so incisive that that I'm going to edit the post in order to answer it, Bilbo!

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  4. Oh dear, sorry to make you go back and edit your post {smile}. Your committee are obviously doing a great job, with such a demand for allotments these days it always seems so unfair when people have a plot and then don't tend it.

    The argument that "they've paid the rent" wouldn't work with me, I'd want to refund it and get someone in who would tend the plot properly!

  5. 'S ok {grin} - waiting lists and 'ghost plots' are important issues, and it's right to include that in a post about the site!


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