Duty to provide allotments

Section 23 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 places an obligation on the borough, district or parish council to provide a sufficient number of allotments for residents who want them.  In Cornwall, the duty to provide allotments rests with parish and town councils, not with Cornwall Council.

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The act states that if representations are made in writing to the borough, parish or district council by six registered electors who are liable to pay council tax and resident in the borough, parish or district, then the relevant council shall take those representations into consideration and take proceedings under the act.  This means that if six or more registered electors request allotments then the parish or town council should take this request into consideration.

If the parish cannot acquire a site by agreement, the parish or town council can ask Cornwall Council to acquire the land compulsorily under powers granted in the act for the compulsory purchase of land for allotments.  The parish or town council must reimburse Cornwall Council for all of its costs and will also be liable for the costs of purchasing the land.

Paragraph 9 of schedule 29 of the Local Government Act 1972 states that where an area falls within the jurisdiction of both a parish and district council, the responsibility for ensuring sufficient provision of allotment land and if necessary the acquisition of such land is transferred to the parish council.

Cornwall Council's property services team can provide valuation advice, negotiate for the purchase of land on behalf of the parish or town councils or offer option appraisal advice if so required, provided the parish or town council pay our reasonable fees in the matter.

The Council owns allotments in the following areas:

  • Padstow

The Council owns allotments in the following areas:

  • Parc Abnac, Madron, Penzance
  • Raymond Road, Redruth
  • North Country, Redruth
  • Pengegon, Camborne (managed by the Pengegon Allotment Association - 01209 711206)

The Council owns allotments in the following areas:

  • Newquay
  • St Austell
  • Tywardreath
  • Fowey

Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list or would like further information.

When an allotment becomes available, it is offered to the next person on the waiting list; unfortunately, we are unable to give time frames on the waiting lists.

Alternative allotment space may be available through local landowners or your local town or parish council.  For contact details of town and parish councils, please follow this link; parish and town councils.

For general information about allotments, please contact the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (who represent allotments and allotment gardens nationwide and provide membership to allotment societies and allotment gardens).