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Guidance for Allotment Associations

Allotment Food Growing

Allotment Food Growing

Information for Lancaster City Council Allotment Associations on the new lease agreement package for their sites.

Further general allotments guidance and relevant Lancaster City Council policies can be found by visiting the websites listed on the right hand side of this page.


For advice on the removal of asbestos please see the council's asbestos pages.


For advice on bee keeping, please see the suggested guidance document, which can be downloaded to the right hand side of this page. You may also like to visit the following websites - British Beekeepers' Association and Lancaster Bee Keepers.

Health and Safety

Allotment Livestock Management

Allotment Livestock Management

For advice on health and safety on plots, please see the suggested guidance document, which can be downloaded to the right hand side of this page.


Keepers of livestock should make themselves acquainted with accepted standards of livestock maintenance, such as the Code of Recommendations from Defra.

Relevant National Policies

The Human Rights Act (1998) and the Equalities Act (2010) are referred to in the Lease Agreement Package. You may wish to view these links for further information.

Sustainability on Allotments

The key sustainability principles for allotments promoted by Lancaster City Council are as follows:

  • Increased community benefit - ensuring the positive use of Lancaster City Council allotments by encouraging effective, enjoyable and community minded food growing and livestock management
  • Conservation of natural resources - this covers a wide range of topics including water use, composting, seed saving and reusing suitable materials to construct raised beds, livestock shelters and other structures on plots
  • Caring for local wildlife - encouraging wildlife onto plots through habitat enhancement, plant choice and kinder pest and weed control
  • Purchasing and using sustainable materials - such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Certification) wood products, low or no peat compost and organic practices
  • Supporting Lancaster district - purchasing or using as many products and services from the local area as possible
  • High welfare standards - as outlined in the Rules for livestock, livestock keepers should seek professional guidance to ensure high welfare standards are maintained on their plots

Tree Stocks

For general information and guidance on trees, please see the council's Tree Policy. Further advice on fruit trees with a variety of root stocks, including dwarf root stocks for trees under 2 metres tall, can be found at Trees Online.





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