The council owns 15 allotment sites in Darlington. There are more than 800 individual plots.
The council manages the Arnold Road, Honeypot Lane and Park Side sites. The rest are self-managed associations, run by committees.
Allotment sites map [pdf document]
There are also sites in Heighington, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Neasham and Sadberge.
To apply for an allotment in Hurworth email [email protected]
Hens are kept at Arnold Road, Barmpton Lane, Cockerton, Five Arches, Hummersknott (West Cemetery), Salters Lane North and Smithfield Road.
Pigeons can only be kept on plots that have already housed pigeons at Arnold Road, Cockerton, Five Arches and Salters Lane North.
Hummersknott, Bellburn Lane and Dodmire allow bees in some areas. Barmpton Lane, Cockerton and Dodmire also have bees on plots.
Renting an allotment
The rent for a full plot on a council site is £180.20 a year. No concessions are available.
Self-managed sites: each site has different rents and concession rates. Rents are less than council sites.
If you need to let us know your address has changed or if you wish to give up your council managed plot, complete the form below.
Council-managed allotment waiting list
To apply for an allotment you must be over 18 and live in the borough of Darlington
If you are between 16 and 18 you can apply to go on the waiting list. You will not be able to take over a plot until you are 18.
Once you have applied for an allotment, you must let us know about any change to your contact details. If we can't contact you you will be removed from the waiting list.
You can put your name down for more than one allotment waiting list, but you can only have one allotment garden.
Buddy scheme, council-managed
People helping on plots can register as a co-worker. There can be one co-worker per plot. They must show they have been an important part of running the plot for at least three years.
The ‘buddy’ will be put on the waiting list and, if they are at the top of the list when the plot is made available, they will be able to take over the tenancy. A buddy can be aged between 16 and 18, but they will not be able to take over a tenancy until they are over 18.
Self-managed association allotment sites (council owned, run by committee)
Due to recent increases in waiting list applications certain self-managed sites waiting lists have been suspended as they have reach capacity. The sites which still have open waiting lists are on the online application form.
Twelve allotment sites are self-managed. To apply for an allotment, change your address, give up your tenancy or submit a buddy application, complete the relevant application form below.
- Application form for self-managed association allotment sites [online form, opens in new window]
- Self-managed sites buddy application form [online form, opens in new window]
- Self-managed sites tenancy surrender form [online form, opens in new window]
- Self-managed sites change of address form [online form, opens in new window]
|Name of allotment||Contact name||Rent||Concessions||Phone|
|Barmpton Lane||Steve Jackson (secretary)||£40||No concessions||[email protected]||07941 745149|
|Bellburn Lane [external link]||Derek Tweedy||£50 for full plot||Concessions available, contact group for more details||[email protected]|
|Cockerton Allotments [external link]||Kevin Dufton||£60 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||07786 731037|
|Drury Street||Colin Bearpark, (treasurer)||£52||No concessions||[email protected]||07791 578912|
|Dodmire||Richard Fisher (secretary)||£48 for full plot||£3 concessions offered for over 67, no concessions on half plots||[email protected]|
|Five Arches, formerly known as Field Street||Zoe Lodge||£80 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||07891 653364|
|Glebe Road [external link]||Keith Robinson (secretary)||£35 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||07958 266927|
|Hummersknott Gardeners (West Cemetery||Robert Watson||£40 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]>||01325 468365|
|Ken Sargent (chair)||£60 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||07542 247564|
|Salters Lane North||Don Mansfield||£60 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||07935 421062|
|Salters Lane South||Dave Davison (secretary)||£80 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||01325 482642|
Memberships required - membership fee £1 per year (donated to charity)
|Eileen Downs (secretary)||£45 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]|
|£50 for full plot||No concessions||[email protected]||07723 980934|
Independently managed sites
Some privately-owned (by which we mean non-council) allotments may also be available.
|Name of allotment||Contact name||Website||Phone|
|Hummersknott Allotments Association Ltd||[email protected]||Hummersknott Allotments Association [external link]||01325 469947|
Individual raised beds are available to rent which would be suitable for less able gardeners.
An allotments strategy for Darlington 2009-2019 [pdf document, 1.1mb]