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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Council-Owned Allotment Sites

In line with Government advice, our Council-owned allotment sites will currently remain open to allow tenants to carry out exercise and provide access to additional food sources.

All tenants must follow the statutory social distancing measures.

Please note however, whilst we attempt to reinstate water supplies to all our sites, tenants are asked to ensure that they take adequate additional measures in relation to hand washing and sanitising.

Bonfires on allotment

We are asking residents and allotment owners not to burn garden waste or other materials during the lockdown.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) can cause significant respiratory problems for people who contract the illness. This means that people managing their symptoms at home may need to have their windows open to help improve their breathing. This includes vulnerable people such as asthmatics, people with bronchitis and the elderly. Smoke coming from bonfires for these people at this time is likely to have a bigger impact on their health.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue have also requested that people do not light bonfires as they see a 123% rise in reports by concerned neighbours.


Subject: Chickens

Author: Jessica

Message: Can you keep chickens on allotments?

Date Posted: 18 June 2020

Response from Bassetlaw Parks and Open Spaces Team

Yes, the Council allows tenants to keep a number of chickens on all of their allotment sites.  For further information please contact the Parks and Open Spaces Team. Email Thanks.

Subject: Reasonable Hours

Author: Local resident

Message: Regarding noise late at night and early in the morning.

Date Posted: 27 May 2020

Response from Bassetlaw Parks and Open Spaces Team (27 May 2020): 

We would be grateful if you could contact our Parks Team via email at Thanks

Subject: Allotment Site

Author: Louise

Message: - I was wondering if there are any allotment sites available in the Retford or surrounding areas? Thanks in advance

Date Posted: 1 May 2020

Response from Bassetlaw Parks and Open Spaces Team (4 May 2020): 

We would be grateful if you could contact our Parks Team via email at Thanks

Subject: Flooding - Are my allotment/garden vegetables ok to eat?

Do not eat garden or allotment vegetables that have been covered by flood water. Leave undamaged vegetables in the ground for at least another two weeks and then only use them after thorough washing and cooking. As a general rule within your home, do not eat any food that has been touched by floodwater. If in doubt throw it out. This is an extract from ‘Flooding – Before, during and after’ an advice sheet which has been prepared by Nottinghamshire County Council. The full document can be found at the following link

Author: Becky

Subject: Hello. Looking to start our very own allotment. Starting from scratch and need everything from tools to equipment (seeds and pots). Must be absolutely cheap as possible or free please. Thank you. Got any help or advice.

Date posted: 22 August 2019

If anyone can help Becky, please contact Parks and Open Spaces Team on 01909 534525 or email



Hello All :)

I am looking for an allotment space in Worksop - I live on Mansfield Road - A60

In the application forms on the council site it asks me 1st choice preference and 2nd choice preference for plot choice, I cant seem to find a map that lays out the actual plots - only the actual sites in Worksop where the allotments are.

Can anyone help me with locating a map online for those?

I see this site currently:

I think the Stubbing Lane 1, 2 and 3 looks closest enough for me. 

Is there somewhere that shows pricing too

Date posted: 27 June 2019

Response from Bassetlaw Parks and Open Spaces Team: 

Thank you for your enquiry relating to our allotment plots on Stubbing Meadows and apologise that you have experienced difficulties locating plot numbers.  This function is currently not available and we will ty to resolve this as soon as possible.

We would be grateful if you could contact our Parks Team on 01909 534525 or via email at  They will then be able to provide you with information relating to current vacancies, costs and the contact information for our Site Stewards.

Author: Bassetlaw District Council


  • Do you live in the Worksop area and would like to co-share a small allotment plot on our Bracebridge site?
  • One of our tenants is looking for someone to garden half of her plot from Spring 2020 with a view to taking over the full plot completely in two years.
  • If this is of interest to you then please contact our Parks and Open Spaces Team on 01909 534525 for further information.

Date posted: 19 June 2019

Author: Adrian

Subject: Are there any allotment spaces in the hallcroft area?

Date: 14 June 2019

Response from Parks and Open Spaces: 

  • We have a number of allotment sites in the Hallcroft area and we are currently taking applications for our short waiting lists.
  • If you would like to complete the online Allotment Application Form then we would be happy to contact you when a plot becomes available.
  • Alternatively please contact our Parks and Open Spaces Team on 01909 534525.

Author: John Chapman

Subject: if any one wants runner bean plants I have some to spare. Retford area Contact me on 07486439994.

Date: 11 June 2019

Author: Unknown

Subject: Are there any allotments to rent near the Elms residential park, torksey.

Response: Unfortunately we don’t currently have any allotment sites in the Torksey area.  It may be worth checking with your local Parish Council to see if they maintain any sites. 

Alternatively you could have a chat with the tenants that are they to see who the site belongs to.

Author: Unknown

Subject: I am working in the area (near the Water Lane allotments) Monday 12th February and will have some woodchip free to anyone who can use it. Please let me know if you would like some. Phone Handley Tree Care 07855928385

Author: Chris

Subject: 2 x Greenhouses (roughly 6' x 4')

We are clearing out my brother in laws house in Retford. Greenhouses free if of any use. Please note: brambles growing around them. May also be some garden tools. Contact:

Author: Phil


I am clearing out a bit of land and have lots of green house glass ,garden canes,100's of plant pots ,garden netting etc all free for collection Phil 07811417510 Mansfield Road, Worksop.

Author: Emma Davy

Subject: Garden Share

I was wondering whether Ann Donlan was still interested in the garden share? I am a support worker for Retford Young Persons Housing scheme and I am trying to get the children involved in a garden project. Is the garden in or near Retford? Contact me at

Author: Ann Donlan

Subject: Garden Share

I have a largish garden which I do not have the time to make the best use of. I am willing to share produce and the buying of seeds and wonder if anyone on your allotment waiting list would be interested in a discussion about how we could help each other.

Author: Rowland Savage

Subject: Worksop and District Horticultural Society

The society meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Manton Sports and Social Club Retford Road, Worksop. Anyone welcome to attend. AGM 5th February.

Planned talks to date:

  • 5th March - Vegetable Growing, by Graham Wagstaff, NFVS.
  • April 2nd - Pelgoniums and Geraniums, by Don Mossop
  • August 6th - Flower Arranging, by Mavis Allen.

Show dates:

  • 7th and 8th Sept early veg and flower show at St Annes Church Hall, Worksop
  • 9th and 10th November late flower and veg show at St Annes Church Hall, Worksop.

For further information contact Rowland Savage on 01623 847014 or email at

Author: Adie Richards

Subject: Fires On Allotments

Whilst bonfires are permitted on all our Council Allotment sites, we do ask that our tenants follow a 'respect' policy with regards to nearby properties by taking into account weather conditions and wind direction. For example, if the weather is mild and residents have open windows, washing on the line or it is evident that they are spending time outdoors then we would expect allotment tenants to refrain from lighting fires. All new tenants are provided with written guidelines when they are issued with their Tenancy Agreements.

Last Updated on Friday, June 19, 2020