Where

Clifford Road Allotments are reached via the Tudor Road Sports ground entrance in Clifford Road, Barnet (Opposite junction of Clifford Road and Tudor Road). Off road parking is in the adjacent Tudor Road Sports ground car park.

Tudor Road Allotments are reached via the footpath from Tudor Road, Barnet to King Georges Playing Fields. Street parking in Tudor Road.

Competitions

Each year there is a Plot Competition and Site Competition held during July.
Any allotment holder can enter their plot into the competition. Rules and information can be found on the BFAHS website here.
More information and details of previous best plot winners here.

Dogs

Dogs are permitted to accompany plot holders on the allotment site but owners must act responsibly. They should keep their dogs on a hand-held lead when walking through the site and ensure that they stay on their own plot. The dogs must be under control at all times. Any fouling must be cleared up immediately.

Trees

Tenants must not plant, or allow to grow by natural seeding or otherwise, any trees or bushes other than fruit trees and bushes of recognised varieties cultivated for their crop.
Fruit trees and bushes must not be planted within 1 metre of - nor hang over or encroach upon - roads, paths, fences or neighbouring allotments, and should not exceed 5 metres in height.
You should also think of your neighbours when planting fruit trees and try to ensure that they are located where they will cast the least shade on their plots.

Bonfires

Bonfires may be lit by tenants on their allotments only:

- on one specified day each month during the months May to September (inclusive), that day being the first Wednesday of the month, and

- at any time on any day during the months October to April (inclusive)

When permitted, bonfires must be kept under control at all times and not left unattended, and must be completely extinguished before the tenant leaves the site.

Bonfires are allowed at these times of the year, as they are essential for destroying diseased plant matter. They can also be useful for burning other dry garden waste, although it is preferable and recommended that this be composted. Materials such as plastic or rubber create toxic fumes and poison the soil so must never be burnt. Before lighting a bonfire, think about other ways to dispose of your rubbish. Can you compost it on your plot or take it to a recycling centre? If you must have a fire, try to pick a time when the wind is not blowing in the direction of any neighbours. Remember that smoke from bonfires can be annoying to them, ruining their enjoyment of their gardens, and preventing them from opening windows and hanging out their washing. Bonfires can damage the health of children, the elderly and those with asthma and other breathing problems. Never leave a bonfire burning when you are not there to tend it. Do not use petrol on bonfires and keep a bucket of water handy in case it gets out of control.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it is an offence to emit smoke, fumes or gases which are a nuisance. Allowing smoke to drift over nearby roads may also lead to prosecution under the Highways (Amendment) Act 1986 if it endangers traffic.

Beekeeping

Bees may be kept, but the society must first be satisfied that the plotholder is suitably qualified to care properly for them and that the following conditions be satisfied.

a) The beekeeper should have undertaken a recognised course of at least one or two years duration, covering both theoretical and practical hands on training, to a good level of competence.

b) They must be a full member of a beekeeping association with full insurance against third party damages.

c) Any bees brought onto the allotment should be of good temperament and kept that way.

d) If the bees should become a problem or nuisance by interfering with other allotment holders while working their plots or with persons in the gardens of houses adjacent to the allotments and the matter is not addressed quickly, the committee will require the bees to be removed or destroyed.


Please contact the committee if you are interested in the possibility of keeping bees.

Children

Please keep children under control. You must ensure they stay on your own plot and do not stray onto anyone else’s. Main grass paths are for the use of any allotment holder and their children but side pathways between plots are only for use of the adjacent plot's tenants. Children must not use these pathways to run around the allotment site. Children are welcome and encouraged to be involved in the growing of vegetables and flowers.

Water

Water is provided to taps around the site. The water is turned on by the Society from approximately April 1st until October 31st. It is safe for drinking. Please use water wisely and keep the tanks clean and preferably covered. Please report any leaking taps to the committee.

The use of hand-held hosepipes is permitted unless a hosepipe ban is in operation. You must not leave a hose unattended and sprinklers or similar systems are forbidden. Please fill the tank for other people before you start using a hose and disconnect it when you have finished.

While we pay a fixed water rent each year, the usage is metered, so if our usage exceeds the amount for which the Society pays the water company, the charge is liable to be increased for the following year. So please be sensible and do not waste water or use a hose more than you absolutely have to. If possible, water in the evening or early morning when the water will soak in.

Sheds and other fixtures

Tenants must not build or allow to be built on their allotments:

- any permanent structures:
- any temporary structures exceeding 2.5 metres in height.

The total area of ALL temporary structures on an allotment - including sheds, greenhouses, polytunnels and the like - may not exceed 10% of the area of the allotment and must be built and maintained to a reasonable standard.

Please discuss any proposed shed or other fixture's size and positioning with a committee member before erecting.

No concreted areas are allowed on plots.

Paths

Apart from the wide grass main paths and the asphalted areas, the responsibility for maintaining the paths between plots lies with the neighbouring plotholders. This is a condition of our tenancy agreement. Plotholders who do not keep the paths in good order are at risk of having their tenancy terminated.

Paths must be kept clear for access at all times by any plotholder, so plotholders should not create safety hazards for others by littering paths with debris such as canes, broken glass, metal spikes, weeds etc. They must also ensure that overhanging branches are cut back as necessary.

Grass paths must be regularly mown.

Our tenancy agreement requires the minimum width of paths between plots be no less than 0.5 metres.
Main grass paths are for the use of any allotment holder and their children but side pathways between plots are only for use of the adjacent plot's tenants. Children must not use these pathways to run around the allotment site.

Cultivation

Tenants must keep their allotments reasonably free from weeds and rubbish, and otherwise maintain them in a proper state of cultivation to the satisfaction of the Society.

"Cultivation” and, more importantly “non-cultivation”, can mean different things to different people and can be interpreted in various ways. If you look around the site, you will find that there are almost as many different styles of cultivation as there are plots. It is certainly not necessary to maintain strictly regimented rows of vegetables.

What is important is that plots should be cultivated in a way that does not interfere with the enjoyment of neighbouring tenants. Key elements include

a) Removal of weed seed-heads before the seed has set

b) Control of pernicious weeds, such as those that spread through the extension of roots or by generating new plants from growing tips in contact with the soil

c) Removal of long grass or detritus that is likely to harbour slugs and snails which might migrate onto a neighbouring plot

d) Maintaining structures in good order

e) Not allowing trees to exceed the maximum height – see under 'Trees'

f) Keeping paths free of hazards and obstructions, including overhanging branches, and ensuring grass paths are trimmed

If for any reason you are temporarily unable to work your plot, please let us know. If your plot is left uncultivated or other terms of your tenancy agreement are not followed, you run the risk of the tenancy being terminated.

Plot Inspections

Tenants are expected to keep their plots cultivated, as discussed above. The committee routinely inspects all the plots. If a plot is found not to be cultivated to the committee’s satisfaction, a written warning is sent to the tenant. If a follow-up inspection shows that the tenant is still not cultivating the plot, a termination of tenancy notice will then be issued to the tenant in writing, giving one month's notice. If rubbish is left on the plot, the Society will charge the removal cost to the leaving tenant.

Lettings

Plot sizes range from 8 to 10 poles in area. An area of so-many poles strictly means so-many square poles. A true or linear pole is a length of 5.5 yards; it is also sometimes referred to as a rod or a perch.

A square pole is an area of 5.5 by 5.5 = 30.25 square yards. A 10 pole plot therefore has an area of 302.5 square yards, (5.5 yards by 55 yards), or approximately 253 square metres.

4 poles is a chain, (or the length of a cricket pitch), and 40 poles is a furlong. An area one chain in width and one furlong in length is one acre, which was approximately the amount of land that in the Middle Ages could be ploughed by a man and an ox in one day.

Some plots are let as 'half plots' which are ideal for anyone who hasn't had an allotment before. Further information about renting an allotment plot can be found here.

Keys

New tenants are provided with a key to the padlocks on all gates. There is no charge for the keys, but a refundable deposit must be paid. The keys cannot be copied without our consent, so if you need additional keys, or a replacement for one that is lost, please apply to the letting officer. A deposit is payable for each additional key. Please be sure to padlock the gates securely every time you use them, even if you think you are only going to be a couple of minutes. Complacency leads to unwanted visitors!

Committee and Officers

The allotment site is run and administered by a committee which meets regularly throughout the year. Any committee member would be happy to talk with you to answer any questions you may have or to try and resolve any problems you may encounter on the allotment site.

President:


Vice Presidents:
Ken Beaumont

Committee:
Jon Holland (Chairman) Plot 3 email
Katherine Hopkins (Secretary) Plot 61B email
Liz Nunn (Lettings) Plot 52 email
Chris Martin (Treasurer) Plots 124, 125 email
Susie Hartley Plot 98
Maureen Roddick Plot 17
Peggy Brown Plot 29
Chris Johnson Plot 87
Mike Thorneycroft Plot 118
Mark Rowland Plots 51, 85

Tudor Road Representative
Rita Milligan Plot T2A