Some Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get an allotment?

Where can I go to for advice on what to grow?

Get in touch with Marlow Town Council (01628 484024) and they will arrange for someone from the Marlow Allotments Association to show you any available plots. 
If you have not grown vegetables before, then there is lots of advice available from books (ask here in the library), on websites such as RHS Allotment: getting started, and the NSALG) and also from other tenants around you. See our LINKS page for a range of useful websites.

How much does it cost to rent an allotment?

It costs £27.50 a year to rent a plot. In addition there is a mandatory charge of £5 to pay for the installation of a new water system at both sites. Tenants are charged a deposit of £7 for their key.

Are there any restrictions on what I am allowed to grow?

No. You are allowed to grow a full range of vegetables, fruit bushes and trees. It is best to be careful about growing anything that tends to become invasive such as mint.

How big is an allotment plot? 

The plots available in Marlow are about half the size of a tennis court. This is traditionally known as a “5 pole plot” an old measurement dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. Although plots can vary slightly in size, that's about 150 square yards.

Is there water on site?  

Yes. Tenants have funded the installation of a new water system and there is now a tap close to each plot. The use of sprinklers is not permitted.

What times of the day can I go and work on my plot?

Is there electricity on site?  

No. For grass cutting etc. you will need a battery-powered strimmer or petrol mover.
Having your own key means that you are able to visit your plot at any time.

Are there toilets at the allotment sites?

What is security like on the allotments?

No, unfortunately. Plan ahead!
The allotments in Marlow are surrounded by fences and have locked gates. It is your responsibility to keep the gates locked at all times and to take any necessary steps to secure your shed or greenhouse.

May I have a shed & greenhouse on my plot?

How much time would I need to look after my allotment?

Yes, however there are size restrictions. 
A shed must not exceed 12m², a greenhouse 15m² and a poly tunnel 30m².
When you start an allotment there is usually a very busy period to get the plot in shape, especially if it was neglected by the previous tenant. 
 
A survey of allotment holders by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) found that from November to February, a person spent between 2 hours and 6 hours a week cultivating their allotments. While from March to October in the active growing season they spent between 5 and 12 hours a week. Be realistic about the amount of time you have and the distance you need to travel to your plot.

Can I take my dog onto the site?

Dogs or any other animals accompanying their owners to the Allotment site must be kept on leads and under their owners' control at all times.

How much does it cost to join the Marlow Allotments Association?

It costs £4 a year. The Association was set up by tenants to protect the allotments. It does this by, for example, monitoring the waiting list and ensuring plots are re-let as soon as possible, and working with the Town Council on matters that require attention.
 
Membership of the Association also brings benefits such as discounted seeds, reduced price on chicken manure pellets and rabbit manure for a donation, as well as discounted prices on gardening supplies at Hunts (35 Station Road).

Are children allowed on the allotments?

Children must always be accompanied by an adult and supervised in their activities on your plot - they must not wander around the site or onto other plots. Many children enjoy the opportunity to learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables but they need you to teach them or, experience shows, they can get bored quite quickly.

How do I join the Marlow Allotments Association?

That's easy: download a form from the link on our homepage or click here.