Getting Started

Are you interested in getting an allotment garden in Bedworth? If so you have come to the right place!

Bedworth currently has ten beautiful allotment gardens that are fairly well spaced out across the town.

Prices can be as little as £13 a year for starter plots, rising up-to about £28 for a full plot on a site with more facilities.

In addition there is usually a charge for an access key or a returnable deposit key fee, these vary across sites.

Sizes of plots are similar across the ten sites of Bedworth, the average size is roughly 160 meters 2 (8×20 meters).

In return you will receive a plot for one year (which can be renewed annually), access to communal facilities and events, seed swapping and sharing, horticultural events and some other perks.

Owning an allotment gardens is a great way to become more self sufficient, creates access to healthier food and a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully giving you a few laughs and enjoyment along the way!

Starting Out

Starting out can be a bit tricky, as plots usually only become available when someone gives one up, so you will probably need to check into your local allotment a couple of times to see if one is available.

When you get your fist plot you can be lucky and get a plot that has been worked on that year, which means it will not have many weeds, but it is more likely to be a bit overgrown, so you will have to clear it first. There are a few different approaches to clearing your allotment garden that you can take.

1. Manually clear all the weeds, by digging them out.
2. Cover the weeds over the winter with a weed suppressant / weed killer or both and then clear the remaining weeds just before the spring.

Conventional or Modern Layout?

There are two main ways to plant crops in an allotment garden, both have there advantages and disadvantages.

The first is the conventional approach, which is to plant in rows across the width of your plot. This gives you maximum usage of space, but can be a little bit tricky for beginners as you commonly will need to use board walks with this method.

The second approach is to create raised beds, which can be easier for beginners, as no boardwalks are involved and you can create multiple beds of different sizes which can be easier to manage, the pathways created by this approach can lead to a less effective use of space.

There are of course alternative layouts which may use a mixture of the first two or alternative ways of doing things like, vertical gardening, permaculture style, circular, netted environments and poly-tunnel / greenhouse spaces.

The choice, style and design of your allotment garden is yours to make!

If you would like to start growing your own food and are interested in getting an allotment garden in Bedworth please feel free to get in touch with us below.

Bulkington Road Allotments Association