Kendal boasts an impressive 472 allotment plots over 17 sites throughout Kendal.
Kendal Town Council manage all allotment plots via Allotment Officer, Janine Holt, Assistant to the Town Clerk and Pierre Labat, Townscape Manager. Both regularly visit sites to maintain them and support tenants. Kendal Town Councillors manage the Allotment Committee, you can read Chairman Cllr Finch’s Allotment Newsletter 2019
Please direct all allotment enquiries to Janine Holt on 01539 793495 or via email@example.com
Many groups and individuals enjoy Kendal’s allotments, including Age UK who provide allotment sessions every Thursday morning between 10.30am – 12.30pm. If you would like to find out more contact Charlotte Robinson, Volunteer Support Officer on 01539 728118.
The allotment rent is decided by Kendal Town Councillors each year in November. Allotment rent received from tenants is used towards the cost of administration, the services of the Townscape Manager, water bills, repairs and renewing of fencing and boundary walls, pest control and minor tree cutting. The current rent has been calculated at 0.37 p per m2.
Each allotment holder signs a Tenancy Agreement. The agreement states that cockerels are not permitted on any of the allotment sites and hens are only permitted on Coley Barn, Sandylands, Underley Hill, Underley Road and Shaws Brow. Tenants found with cockerels on their plots will be asked to remove them immediately as this is a breach of the terms and conditions of the Tenancy Agreement.
Promoting Biodiversity on Allotments in Kendal
The Town Council would like to encourage all allotmenteers to think about encouraging biodiversity and we have called this project ‘More Veg – More Life’.
So, if you are an established alloment holder or are new to renting an allotment, lotment, here are a few areas in which you could make a difference:
Enhance the soil by not walking on beds and aiming for ‘no dig’
Minimal or no use of pesticides or slug pellets
No artificial fertilisers
Have at least one compost bin
Use water butts for rain water collection
Grow a variety of crops and include some flowers
Use natural weed suppressants such as mulch or green manures
There is a small working group who are currently developing this initiative. If you would like more information, please contact Kendal.firstname.lastname@example.org
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