Looking After Your Allotment


To get off to a good start with your garden a planned approach and a little determination is all that you need. It is important to remember that the plot you receive may be overgrown and you may have to spend a lot of time gradually clearing and digging it.


Getting Started

The National Allotment Society Website offers a wide range of advice on:

The BBC Gardening Guide is also a great place for detailed information.

Aminopyralid Contaminated Manure

It is important to check before using farmyard or stable manure that it does not contain the agricultural weed killer aminopyralid.

Aminopyralid has been used on farms to control weeds in grasslands. Where treated grass was eaten by livestock their manure may contain residues of the weed killer.

There may still be some affected manure and, while there are no concerns for human health, its use can cause poor distorted growth in many crops including beans, peas, potatoes and tomatoes, which will reduce harvests.

Therefore, ask the supplier to confirm that the manure does not contain aminopyralid. Stable owners may not be able to offer this assurance, so be very cautious about using stable manure.

For more information see the Manure Matters Website.


Please use the sources below to get more advice on weeds:

Get Composting

Why not transform your organic waste into a valuable resource for your allotment garden?

Bassetlaw District Council has partnered with Get Composing to give residents and tenants the opportunity to purchase units at a reduced rate. There is also the option to 'buy on get one half price'.

To order either go to the Get Composting Website or by telephoning 0844 571 4444.

Slugs and Snails

For further information on how to stop them eating your plants please see our leaflet which can be found on the Related Documents section of this webpage.