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England’s most expensive allotment?

A site in Islington costs £3.50 per square metre
Expensive allotment

Recent research has found that allotment prices vary hugely depending on where you live. Could a council site in Islington, London, be the most expensive in England?

Naomi Schillinger thinks her allotment site could be the most expensive in the country. Her council plot, in Islington, London, measures just 10 x 2m – less than a 10th of the size of an average plot. It will cost £70 a year from January 2012 – that’s £3.50 a sq m.

The most pricey allotment?

That’s much more expensive than any council allotment found in a recent University of Leicester survey, which found that plot rents ranged from 1p a sq m to 55p a sq m. Researchers at the university found that the average cost of a plot is 15p a sq m.

Still worth it?

Naomi’s site was created by Islington Council nearly two years ago in one of the most densely populated areas of the country. It’s on the site of an old car park and features a rainwater harvesting system. All plotholders must give up their plots after 10 years to make way for other people on the long waiting list. 

Plotholders say they weren’t consulted about the 90% price hike, but most of them are still content to pay the charges.

‘Having been on a waiting list for 10 years, I’m lucky to have an allotment, even if I do have to give it up after 10 years,’ says Naomi. ‘I’m happy to pay £1.34 a week for space to grow my favourite fruit and veg in.’

This story appears in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Which? Gardening magazine, published on 23 December.

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