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  KEY INFORMATION

HISTORY

The allotments were first established in 1915 to provide plots for the residents of the new suburb of Golders Green. During the war in 1916, the number of plots was increased to help locals grow their own food. An interesting short history is available here (pdf, quite small print). We regret that we do not know the author, a photocopy was found at the bottom of someone's filing cabinet, but we would be very happy to recognise the author.

APPLYING FOR A PLOT

Plot-holders are all ages and all nationalities: you do not have to be a Barnet resident to apply. You can rent a full plot (10 sq poles) or a half plot (5 sq poles), although we currently have a waiting list for plots which operates on a first come/first served basis.

There is a set of rules issued by LB Barnet for leasing an allotment and another set issued by the allotment association to ensure happy coexistence, but the principal one is that allotment holders use their plots solely for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs for their own consumption, plus a few flowers if wished. Selling the produce for profit is not allowed.

We are preparing a small handbook for new plotholders, and which will shortly be available on this site.

The rent of a plot is currently (2017)£6.80 a pole with a 50% discount for those over 65. There is a charge for water, £3.70 per pole.

If you have any queries about acquiring a plot, please email John at plotsec.plots@ggaa.org.uk giving your address, best contact phone number and any experience you may have, obviously it doesn’t matter if you have no experience. John will put you on the waiting list and reply letting you know where you are on the list.

LEGAL IDENTITY

  • Golders Green Allotment and Horticultural Association (GGAA)
  • Public liability Insurance : AVIVA

    The LONDON BOROUGH OF BARNET (LBB)

    The LBB is the owner of the allotment site, and leases it to GGAA which sublets to plotholders. The GGAA has taken over many of the responsibilities previously held by LBB.

    BONFIRES

    Bonfires are permitted between November and April, after 4pm in October, and on the first Wednesday of July, August and September. THese times are enforced by our lease so need to be obeyed exactly. Even when permitted, please think carefully before lighting a fire. Dense smoke and fumes are forbidden and if seen the fire will be put out. DO NOT leave your fire unattended. Plotholders who consistently ignore these rules may be evicted. We get more complaints from our neighbours about bonfires than anything else!

    SELF-MANAGEMENT

    GGAA became self-managing at the end of 2014. A short paper was prepared a couple of years ago by the Jeremy Balcombe, plotholder, based on info from Barnet Allotment Federation

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    Applying for a plot
    Legal Identity
    London Borough of Barnet
    Bonfires
    Self-Management