Kendal Town Council

Kendal’s Allotments

Kendal boasts an impressive 472 allotment plots over 17 sites throughout Kendal.

Kendal Town Council manages all its allotment plots through the Council Services Officer, Janine Holt, and Pierre Labat, Townscape officer. Both regularly visit sites to maintain them and support tenants. The overall management of the town’s allotments is governed through the Town Council’s Allotments Committee, which combines elected members and site representatives.

Please direct all allotment enquiries to Janine Holt on 01539 793495 or via allotments@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk

Allotment Rent

The allotment rent is decided by Town Councillors each year in November.  Allotment rent received from tenants is used towards the cost of administration, the services of the Townscape officer, water bills, repairs and renewing of fencing and boundary walls, pest control and minor tree cutting. The current rent has been calculated at 0.38 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, 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
  • Create habitats

There is a small working group who are currently developing this initiative.  If you would like more information, please contact Kendal.growyourown@gmail.com