Allotments

Our 3 allotments

High West Jesmond has three seperate allotment sites at:

You can find more details about each of the allotments on the Newcastle Allotments Working Group website which is adminsitered by Newcastle City Council.

You can also read a short history of allotments in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Allotments in Newcastle

There are around 3,000 allotment plots in Newcastle across 62 sites.

You can download a map of allotment sites in Newcastle (produced by Newcastle City Council in September 2005).

If you’d like to grow your own fruit and vegetables, or simply want the enjoyment of growing your own flowers, you may want to consider an allotment.

There are lots of benefits to renting an allotment. You could:

  • Get more exercise.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Meet new friends.
  • Escape from life’s pressures.
  • Share your knowledge with others.

If you’re a beginner, many sites offer half-size plots for first time gardeners.

Alternatively, you could get together with friends to share the work.

Other gardeners on site will be delighted to share their knowledge and experience with you.

Newcastle’s vision for allotments

 

The Newcastle Allotments Working Group and Newcastle City Council agreed a Newcastle Allotments Strategy in 2010.  As part of this strategy the vision for Newcastle’s allotments was defined:

Allotments vision

“Our vision is the establishment in Newcastle upon Tyne of the adequate availability of easily accessible allotments with high quality amenities; in pursuance of excellence in the production and showing of vegetables, fruit and flowers via allotment gardening and driven by the current pioneering system of devolved management.

We support the allotment tradition of innovative individualism, but in conjunction with the provision of a socially inclusive sense of community and the facilitation of community projects. We believe that allotment gardening should be environmentally concerned, sustainable and wild-life friendly.”

Allotments strategy

In order to achieve this vision, the Newcastle Allotment Strategy has the following
objectives:
 
  • To recognise the multiple benefits of allotments for Newcastle residents, and for the City as a whole in terms of its future development guided by the Sustainable Communities Strategy, the Sustainable Cities Index and its WHO status as a Healthy City.
  • To safeguard existing allotment provision and to increase allotment provision in Newcastle in line with known demand and with regard to future demand.
  • To continue to improve the quality of allotment facilities for allotment holders in Newcastle and to continue to improve the quality ofNewcastle’s innovative devolved allotment management.
  • To recognise and promote the importance of allotments inenvironmental protection and sustainability, especially in relation tofuture threats of high food cost, fuel scarcity and climate change.
  • To recognise the importance of biodiversity and to augment the role of
    allotments in preserving and enhancing biodiversity.

Centenary celebrations – September 2017

Newcastle upon Tyne celebrated a centenary of allotments with  special events on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017.

The Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete 2017 took place in Leazes Park celebrating 100 years of allotment growing 1917 – 2017

It was a weekend for friends and family, with market stalls, fresh produce, honey bee demonstrations, garden advice, family fun fair, children’s crafts and activities.

Saturday 23 September – staging

Staging took place on Saturday 23 September between 10am – 4.30pm when exhibitors only were allowed in the main marquee.

Sunday 24 September – open day

Following staging there was an open day for members of the public on Sunday 24 September 11am -4pm.

Activities included family entertainment, children’s activities, music, face painting, a climbing wall and more, all taking place within the beautiful setting of Leazes Park, Newcastle’s oldest park, close to the city centre.