Here you can download and print a full set of Rosendale Allotments Association rules and regulations (pdf), but the main points are briefly described here.
General principles. Any fruit or vegetables grown on your plot should be for you and your family’s consumption. You are not permitted to sell produce; run your allotment plot as a business; or sub-let your plot. You should not change the nature of the plot in a way that makes it less valuable. Also, you should rotate crops and apply manure and compost as this helps to maintain the quality of the soil.
Remember, your allotment is primarily for the growing of fruit and vegetables for you and your family. You need to respect your fellow plot holders. Tenants have a duty of care to each other and also to visitors to the allotment site. Children and pets should also be kept under control.
Sprinklers and hose pipes are not allowed. You can get water from nearby tanks/stand-pipes. It is also important to remember that water butts can be a hazard to small children and should be covered when not in use. You must comply with drought orders. Mulching with loose material such as straw and compost is an environmentally friendly way of reducing moisture loss and can help to reduce water bills.
Fires. Bonfires can cause nuisance to neighbours and other plot holders. Please have consideration for others. Bonfires are not permitted before 10am. No bonfires or fires in bins are allowed between 1 April and 1 November. Please be aware that it is against EU regulations to burn plastics, tyres, plastic coated wire, asbestos and other man made materials. Please do not burn these, or domestic waste on the allotments at any time.
Fences are not permitted on any plots. The conditions of tenancy for an allotment are stated in the tenancy agreement, which is signed by the Association and tenant.
Dogs. Dogs are only allowed if kept on a lead at all times and not allowed to foul the paths or other plots.
Maintenance. Your allotment must be kept clean and maintained in a good state of cultivation. Plot inspections are carried out twice a year, in Spring and before Autumn rent taking. 75% of your plot must be in productive cultivation in order to pass this inspection. Paths on allotment sites should be kept clear for access. You are responsible for all four paths around your plot. All side paths must be two feet or 60cm wide. They must not be dug up, undercut or allowed to subside and must be kept clear of shrubs, trees and all vegetation. Shrubs, trees, soft fruits, beans and their supports must be grown one foot or 30cm inside the plot boundary. Weedkiller should not be used on communal paths. Continued damage to paths is considered a serious offence.
Strimmers, cultivators etc. These and other machines are permitted but must not be used before 10am or after 6pm.
Huts, sheds and greenhouses. Restrictions apply. You will need permission from the Association for a shed or greenhouse. Huts, sheds and greenhouses must be placed one foot or 30cm inside the plot boundry. Sheds and greenhouses must not exceed 6′ × 8′ and seven feet high. All structures should have water butts for collecting rainwater.
Ponds. Ponds can be very attractive and provide a habitat for wildlife, but they can also present a danger to children. The Association is required to impose conditions on building ponds. These cover the siting and size of the pond and arrangements for inspection.
Composting. An effective and environmentally friendly way of recycling organic waste. For best results you need to build or buy a special bin. It is worth seeing if you can get together with other plot holders and share the cost of bins and perhaps a shredder for thicker stems and foliage. Working together also gives you a more even flow of compost. The Association will be able to advise on composting as can the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).
Herbicides and pesticides. Please consider alternatives whenever possible. In recent years there has been a growing interest amongst gardeners in organic methods to avoid the possible harmful effects of chemical residues. If you have to use herbicides and pesticides please be sure to follow all the safety instructions. Any use of chemicals must be done when there is no wind, and all sprays must be kept inside your plot. Damage to paths is a serious offence, the grass stabilises and holds the paths together. Damage to nearby plots is also a serious offence. Either of the late can result in expulsion from the Association.