Allotments and Grazing


Updates and newsletters

24.03.20 The Parish Council’s policy on using allotments during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here. Please note one important change – no bonfires are permitted until further notice.

15.05.19 The rules have been slightly amended with regards to keeping livestock. Section 3.13 now states: 
Although it is lawful under Section 12 of the Allotments Act 1950 to keep hens or rabbits / certain livestock on an allotment. However, the Parish Council has restricted the keeping of livestock to poultry. The tenant shall not keep or allow other persons to keep any livestock on the allotment site without the written consent of the Council. Tenants are required to register livestock with the Council and meet the minimum standards in these and supplementary guidelines (see Appendix 2 for Guidelines for keeping livestock and beekeeping on allotments). The tenant must also refer to the poultry guidelines which can be found on the Parish Council website. A paper copy can also be obtained from the office. 


The Parish Council owns two allotment sites and rents two more, from Herts County Council and St Albans Diocese.  There are currently 186 allotments in total across these four fields and are made up three different sized plots. The costs detailed below are applicable from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and are payable per annum. Costs may be discounted if a plot is taken up during the year, however this would need to be discussed with the parish council office.

  • 2.5 pole = 63 sqm – £10.50 pa
  • 5 pole = 127 sqm – £21.00 pa
  • 10 pole = 253 sqm – £42.00 pa

The allotments are located at The Folly (Folly Fields), Gustard Wood (Baxendale) and Marford Road (Glebe and Hitchens). The non-executive Allotments Working Group looks after the day-to-day operation of the plots and there are representatives from each allotment site on the committee. If you are interested in renting an allotment, please email us at

Allotment rules and regulations and field plans:

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In addition to allotments, we have are three grazing plots and one smallholding. We rent these out on a rolling annual licence. When they become available they are advertised widely so that interested parties can submit a sealed tender for the plot.