The allotment rules allow plot-holders to keep hens, rabbits and bees on their allotment plot. Rule 9 (Livestock), Appendix 3 (Structures - permission, conditions and guidance), Appendix 4 (livestock - permission, conditions and guidance) and Appendix 6 (Policy on the Keeping of Chickens and Rabbits on Allotments) are all applicable.
We ask all tenants wishing to keep livestock on their allotment to give serious consideration to the relevant rules, policy, Animal Welfare Act 2006 and RSPCA guidelines, before deciding whether to go ahead. We would also remind plot-holders of the need to complete either a 'Livestock registration form' or an 'Application to keep bees form' (both of which can be downloaded below) before purchasing any equipment required and before purchasing any animals.
The National Allotment Society has useful information for those who may wish to keep bees on their allotment, please click here to visit their page.
The British Beekeepers Association also provides useful information for prospective beekeepers. You may also wish to take a look at the Sussex Beekeepers' Association Hastings & Rother Division. Please also feel free to download the Q&A document below, which is useful regarding bees and allotments.