Rye Allotments

Information for Tenants

August 2021


On 26 March 2020 we introduced temporary measures at the South Undercliff allotments restricting bonfires during lockdown. This was because of the proximity of the site to a significant number of private residences. 


Now that the lockdown in England has come to an end, we have lifted these restrictions. As such, the usual rules about the having of bonfires apply to both sites. Please only have bonfires when truly necessary and be mindful of our neighbours.


26 March 2020


In addition to the Notice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is on our homepage, we have decided to take extra measures in relation to the South Undercliff Site, relating to bonfires.


Clearly, at present, more people than usual are at home. Given the proximity of the South Undercliff site to a large number of residential premises, we are not permitting plot holders at South Undercliff to have bonfires on the site until further notice. We hope you will understand this measure and its aim, which is not to cause a nuisance to our neighbours at this difficult time.




15 December 2018


We have started the process of sending invoices out for 2019. When we started managing the Rye Allotments we were able to reduce the rents from the prices charged by Rother District Council. This was followed by a further small reduction in rent. Having now managed the allotments for five years, we have, for the first time needed to increase the rents slightly. For 2019, there will be an increase of 2.5%, which is in line with inflation. The total cost for an allotment is still below what it was under Rother District Council.


In light of the above, the following rents/charges will apply from January 2019:


  • Small Plot rental - £40.17 
  • Small Plot water charge - £3.59
  • TOTAL for a Small Plot - £43.76


  • Large Plot rental - £74.45
  • Large Plot water charge - £7.18
  • TOTAL for a Large Plot - £82.63


We have noticed that a significant amount of our administrative expenditure goes on chasing plot holders who have not paid on time. We have therefore reluctantly decided that a £5.00 administration fee will be applied to accounts that are significantly overdue. In addition, given the relatively high demand for allotment plots, we will be quicker to enforce non-payment evictions. We consider that these measures are only fair on both those who pay their rent on time and those who may be on the waiting list(s)


However, we would like to remind plot holders of Rule 5.4, which states: "...please contact us if you wish to pay your rent in instalments and we will arrange a payment plan with you."



6 July 2018 - Best Kept Allotment 2018


As in previous years, the winner of the Best Kept Allotment prize will be announced at the annual Rye Flower and Vegetable Show (which will be held on Saturday 18 August 2018). However, judging for the prize is due to take place within the next two weeks so that the judge(s) get to see the allotment plots at their best. You do not need to enter this competition, every allotment plot will be considered by the judge(s).




June 2018


Discouraging rats on the allotment sites is everybody's responsibility. Please follow the helpful advice page, which should help prevent rats from making your plot their home!


29 January 2018


New allotment Rules will come into effect on 1 March 2018. The new Rules include more detailed guidelines on plot cultivation which we hope will assist both plot-holders and those responsible for allotment inspections. Other new features include measures aimed at greater environmental protection and more detailed guidelines on animal welfare. To see a copy of the new Rules, please click the relevant link on the left side of this page.

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