Allotments

img_2Welcome to the website of the Sevenoaks Allotment Holders’ Association (SAHA).  Our allotments are located to the back of Quaker’s Hall Lane, down Allotment Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent. The plots and site are now managed by Sevenoaks Town Council but SAHA continue to manage the Trading Centre and community events.

The  ~220 plots boast a wonderful view of the North Downs.

Please contact Sevenoaks Town Council if you are interested in growing your own.

To join SAHA, pop into the Trading Centre any Sunday morning.

Plots Available
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Full – Full plots are 10 rods or approximately 250 square metres.  A full plot costs £35 to lease for a year (2018-19).

Half – Half plots are 5 rods or approximately 125 square metres. A half plot costs £17.50 to lease for a year (2018-19).

If you are interested in getting a plot, please contact Sevenoaks Town Council.

The cost per rod will increase in October 2019 from £3.50 to £4.00.

 

Community

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Quaker’s Hall Allotments is a friendly community of keen gardeners who like to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.  We offer:

      • Mentoring –  For those who are new allotment holders or
        are new to gardening in general, there are always plenty of people around who are willing to offer advice so don’t be afraid to ask.
      • Bacon Butties – A great opportunity to enjoy a tea or coffee and bacon butty with your fellow allotmenteers and pass the time of day or pick other’s brains about any gardening dilemmas you may have. Brew & Bacon Butty socials are held on the last Sunday of the six months of the main growing season. See the Events page for the exact dates.
      • Events – We run a range of events during the year.  We have a Solstice Tea, Open Day, Autumn Show, Apple Day and an annual trip to a local garden or gardens.

 

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Allotment Benefits

Before considering taking on an allotment, ask yourself, “What do I want to get out of it?”

Here are some of the benefits of being an allotment holder:

  • fresh, organic food which tastes better
  • you can grow to suit your own tastes, such as fruit and veg which may be expensive to buy
  • cheaper food with plenty to freeze, bottle, pickle, jam or give away (you’ll suddenly be very popular!)
  • free exercise (who needs a gym membership?)
  • great camaraderie
  • a friendly welcome and ever-available advice on what to grow, when and how etc.
  • the cost of a plot is very reasonable

Although we don’t want to put you off (quite the opposite – we want you to get involved!), please consider the following:

  • plots do not look after themselves and need regular attention during the crop- and weed-growing season (realistically several hours a week)
  • be prepared to visit about every other day to pick, weed and water and perhaps cut grass on paths if you have them
  • allotmenteering does not fit well with a lifestyle which is already busy (especially important when a new plot is being “recovered” from a wilderness)

Don’t lose heart, though, because once the plot is established the pleasure more than compensates for the efforts.