Allotments

Darlington Borough Council owns 15 allotment sites within Darlington, which together contain a total of over 800 individual allotment plots. The council manage Arnold Road, Honeypot Lane and Park Side, the rest are self-managed associations ran by individual committees.

Allotment sites map [pdf document]

There are also sites within the villages of Heighington, Hurworth, Middleton St George, Neasham and Sadberge.

To apply for an allotment in Hurworth please contact: [email protected].

To be eligible to apply for an allotment in Middleton St George you must live within the parish. To apply contact Les Foggett (Secretary) on 07974080738 or email: [email protected]. You can also apply online [external link].

Hens, rabbits, and bees can be kept on some sites.

Hens are currently 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 previously used to house pigeons at Arnold road, Cockerton, Five Arches and Salters Lane North.

Humersknott, Bellburn Lane and Dodmire allow bees in specific areas, Barmpton Lane, Cockerton and Dodmire have bees on plots.

Council-managed allotments

Renting an allotment

The rent for a full plot from Darlington Borough Council is £175. No concessions are available.

Self-managed sites are run by individual committees and each site has different rents and concession rates. Rents are currently cheaper than Darlington Borough Council.

To contact the Allotment Officer, call 01325 406719 or email [email protected].

If you need to let us know your address has changed or if you wish to surrender your Council-managed plot, please complete the appropriate form below.

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Council-managed allotment waiting list

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To be eligible to apply for an allotment you must be aged over 18 and live within the Borough of Darlington (If you aged between 16 and 18 you can apply to go on the waiting list, however you will not be able to take over a tenancy until you are 18). Once you have applied for an allotment, it is your responsibility to inform us of any change of contact details. If you cannot be contacted your name will be removed from the waiting list. You may put your name down for more than one allotment site, but you can only have one allotment garden.

Application forms received for council run sites will not be acknowledged but you can now track your progress/view your position on the allotment waiting list [pdf document] (last updated January 2018).

Please call 01325 406719 for your waiting list number. As a security measure we will be unable to give you your reference number unless you tell us your date of birth.

Buddy scheme, Council-managed

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People helping on plots can formally register themselves as co-workers (one per plot, must have to demonstrate that that have been an essential part of running the allotment for a minimum of three years). The ‘buddy’ will then be entered onto the waiting list and providing they are at the top of the list when the plot is made available, they will be entitled to take the tenancy over. A buddy can be aged between 16 and 18, however they will not be able to take over a tenancy until they are aged over 18 at the time they reach the top of the waiting list.

Self-managed association allotment sites (Council owned, run by committee)

Twelve of the town's sites are now under self-management. To apply for an allotment, inform us of a change of address, surrender your tenancy or submit a buddy application you can complete the relevant application form below.

Self managed allotment sites details
Name of allotment  Contact name Rent Concessions Waiting list as of October 2016 Email Phone
Barmpton Lane Steve Jackson (Secretary) £40.00 No concessions 26 [email protected] 07941 745149
Bellburn Lane [external link] Derek Tweedy £50.00 for full plot Concessions available, contact group for more details 20 [email protected]  
Cockerton Allotments [external link] Philip Gilroy (Secretary) £52.00 for full plot No concessions 26 [email protected] 07809 616994 
Drury Street Colin Bearpark, (Treasurer) £52.00 No concessions 7 [email protected] 07791 578912 
Dodmire  Charles North (Secretary) £48.00 for full plot £3.00 Concessions offered for over 67, no concessions on half plots 3 [email protected]  
Five Arches, formerly known as Field Street Jolene Moss (Secretary) £80.00 for full plot No concessions 16 [email protected]  07773 105511
Glebe Road [external link] Keith Robinson (Secretary) £35.00 for full plot No concessions 13 [email protected] 07958 266927
Hummersknott Gardeners (West Cemetery Robert Watson £40.00 for full plot No concessions 30 [email protected]   01325 468365

Lascelles
Ken Sargent (Chair) £60.00 for full plot No concessions 12 [email protected] 07542 247564
Salters Lane North Don Mansfield £60.00 for full plot No concessions 16 [email protected]  07935 421062
Salters Lane South Dave Davison (Secretary) £80.00 for full plot  No concessions 7 [email protected]rld.com  01325 482642
Smithfield Road
Memberships required - membership fee £1 per year (donated to charity) 
Eileen Downs (secretary) £45 for full plot No concessions 10 [email protected] 078430 56204 
Springwell Terrace

David Lambert
(Secretary)

£50.00 for full plot No concessions 10 [email protected] 07723 980934

Independently managed sites

Some privately-owned (by which we mean non-Council) allotments may also be available.

Independently managed sites
Independent allotment sites details
Name of allotment  Contact name Website Phone
Hummersknott Allotments Association Ltd [email protected] Hummersknott Allotments Association [external link]  01325 244496

Individual raised beds are available to rent which would be suitable for less able gardeners.

Allotment strategy

An allotments strategy for Darlington 2009-2019 [pdf document, 1.1mb]