Apply for an allotment

How to apply for an allotment, how likely you are to get one and what happens next.

Allotment Finder: unable to apply with the online form 

Because of technical problems you can't apply for an allotment through our Allotment Finder system.

To applyfor an allotment email allotments@bristol.gov.uk with the applicants’:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number

and the name of the site they want to apply for. 

We're sorry for any inconvenience.

You can use Allotment Finder to:

  • find an allotment near your home
  • see if plots are available
  • see how many people are on the waiting list
  • view maps of the plots

You may apply for a plot on a maximum of 3 allotment sites.

Apply online with Allotment Finder

Allotment finder covers Bristol allotments managed by the council or on land leased by the council.

Find more local allotments online.

Discounted or immediately available allotment plots

Stapleton Allotments: plots available now

Stapleton Allotments is a lovely level site, with parking, good water supply and toilet. Apply online now to view the vacant plots.

Discounted plots

We're offering a number of plots at half rent for the first two years. These plots are overgrown so you'll need to clear the plot and remove any rubbish you find.

These sites have some discounted plots available now, and some plots without a discount. However, availability changes constantly so you aren't guaranteed a plot.

lf you would like to rent one apply online, or if you have any questions contact us at allotments@bristol.gov.uk

For vacant plots in the St George area visit the Bristol East Allotments Association  website or Facebook page.

Cost and discounts

Find out about rents and discounts you may be able to get.

Your first invoice will include a ‘one off’ £15 administration charge to cover the cost of a key, preparation of the tenancy agreement, and postage.

Likelihood of getting an allotment

Availability changes all the time, and is different at each allotment. Allotment Finder is kept up to date with details.

Some allotments have vacancies or short waiting lists. You can add your name to a waiting list.
You’ll be given priority if you are a Bristol resident. If you’re not a resident you should look for sites with little or no waiting list.

What happens next

If there’s no waiting list, or once a plot is available, we’ll contact you to arrange a site visit.

If a plot seems too large when you visit, you might be able to apply for just part of it. On more popular sites, you may only be offered a small or half size plot.

Allotment agreement

You’ll get a legally binding contract in which you’re agreeing to:

  • take on a yearly tenancy to look after your plot and allotment site
  • follow the terms and conditions in the agreement or you may be evicted and your plot let to another tenant

Payment

We’ll send you an invoice for the rent that’s due until the end of September. After that you’ll pay the rent yearly.

Contact information

Allotments team

ABS: Allotments (St Anne's House)

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Email: allotments@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 3719