The following is a brief summary of Haringey's Allotment Site and Plot Rules taken from the signed tenancy agreements and guidance issued by the Council. We have divided our rules into three sections. The first section covers the important rules, the second section is a complete list of every rule, and the third section covers the rules governing the structures that you can build on your plot. Guidance recently issued by the Council is also included.
Incredibly Important Rules
These rules are very important. You will lose your plot if you do not follow them. The site is regularly inspected to check plotholder's compliance.
Bonfires only on the first Saturday of October, November, December, January, February and March. Do not leave a fire unattended. It must be thoroughly put out before you leave
Dogs need to be on leads at all times-and should not be exercised on the site.
Paths around your plot need to be kept trimmed, in order and at least two feet across.
All plots must be clearly numbered.
Only you, the plot holder, may use your keys. No sharing keys or letting others into the site. Click here for Haringey's Guidance Note on Sole Tenants, Joint Tenants, Co-Workers, and Casual Helpers
You may not bring any asbestos, carpet, corrugated metal, metal sheeting or barbed wire onto your allotment.
Follow the Structures section below to ensure your structures do not break any rule.
The second part of our rules is the complete list of every rule. Again, you will lose your allotment if you do not comply. Note: first part of Rule 9 is not currently enforced.
1. Fires are only to be lit on the first Saturday of: October, November, December, January, February, and March. Do not leave the fire unattended. It must be thoroughly put out before you leave. Barbeques using charcoal are permitted all year round. Make sure your fire does not cause a nuisance.
2. Dogs need to be on leads at all times and should not be exercised on the site. Any dog fouling must be removed immediately.
3. Please remember that the speed limit for vehicles is 5 mph.
4. Paths around your plot need to be kept trimmed and in order and at least 2 feet across. Do not obstruct any path or roadway. You may not park on roads that are in use. Our parking facilities are a privilege that most Haringey allotment sites do not have. Infractions will lead to an official warning, then termination. Use your common sense.
5. All plots must be clearly numbered. If you rent more than one plot then they must all have individual numbers. The only exception is where you rent ALL the sections of a previously divided plot; for example 17a and 17b, then you only have to display "17".
6. Plot holders must maintain at least 75% of their plot in good order (75% cultivation). The plot must be kept in a good state of cultivation, and free from weeds. Unplanted, but dug beds; and the areas under fruit trees/bushes count towards your cultivated area. Lawns, sheds, and patios are not cultivation. [UPDATE 26/05/2019]: Well tended flower beds; trimmed grass paths; and weed free gravel, paved, & wood chip paths also count towards your cultivated area. Large areas of wood chip/gravel/other materials are not cultivation. The key part in this rule is "free from weeds". For example, if your plot is completely filled with fruit bushes, but also covered in weeds then you are not cultivated.
7. Any hose pipes left unattended will be turned off. Use water carefully and be aware of other's needs.
8. You may not bring any asbestos, carpet, corrugated metal, metal sheeting, or barbed wire onto your allotment. You may not pour any cement or build any brick walls.
9. [You may not plant any trees except for fruit trees.] FIRST PART NOT CURRENTLY ENFORCED Trees must not be taller than 3m. All branches must remain within your plot boundary.
10. You must keep all perimeter gates locked at all times and/or comply with the current timetable.
11. You must not use the allotment for any commercial or illegal purposes. You must not sublet any part of the allotment.
12. Do not cause or allow any visitors to cause any nuisance.
13. Please protect all boundary structures on the site. You must maintain any hedges so as not to cast shade on adjoining plots. If you rent a plot on the edge of the site then you must maintain the boundary hedge adjacent to your plot. Cut the growth back each year to stop paths getting blocked.
14. You must ensure any guests are accompanied at all times.
15. You may not keep diseased or infected plants/material on your plot. The committee will remove any diseased or infected plant material from your plot to prevent the spread of disease.
You must also comply with the conditions of rental in your contract with Haringey Council.
Rules on Structures
The part of your tenancy agreement with Haringey Council that relates to buildings and structures is summarised below:
Each plot may have one wooden shed or greenhouse with maximum dimensions of 8 feet 3 inches by 6 feet 6 inches (2.5m by 2m).
Once a plot has one shed OR greenhouse, as above, then it may not have any other structures without written permission from Haringey Council.
If permission is granted then the following size restrictions apply: a shed of no more than 8 feet 3 inches by 6 feet 6 inches (2.5m by 2m); a greenhouse of no more than 8 feet 3 inches by 6 feet 6 inches (2.5m by 2m); and a poly tunnel of no more than 5m by 3m.
Note: Structures built before December 2009 are exempt from the above. If a pre-2009 structure needs to be replaced then the replacement must comply with the rules above.
Note: Small verandas and covered (rooved) areas should be completely open on at least two sides, and no more than 5m by 3m.
Note: you cannot open any gates or gaps through the boundary structures. Access has to be made through the main gates.