The Council is creating more opportunities for community gardening and food growing and is launching an Allotment Expansion Guarantee in 2021.

How does it work?

Southwark has many thriving food growing initiatives on estates where a wide range of food is grown, including allotment plots, community orchards and herb gardens. If you’d like to set up a new space, read through the guidance below and register your interest. We’ll be in touch once the campaign launches to find out more about your site and to start the ball rolling.

What you need to do?

- Speak to residents on your estate to gather interest - you need at least 5 interested residents, but the more the better. You may find it helpful to contact your TRA for support or funding. For TRA contact details contact the Tenant & Homeowner Involvement Team on 020 525 3326 or email

- Think about potential sites. You will need good amounts of sunlight and a nearby water source to grow annual vegetables. It is also a good idea to select sites away from busy roads and other sources of pollution, and look for areas that are secure or can be made secure with the addition of fencing.

  • Contact us using the Expression of Interest form to outline your proposal.
  • Drop a pin in the map to share the location of your site.
  • If a suitable site is identified, your group will need to sign an agreement to maintain the garden.

What happens next?

  • The Community Gardening Coordinators will contact you once the campaign launches to find out more about your project and arrange a time to visit the site.
  • If the site is suitable, the process for setting up a new food growing space will involve your group drawing up a project plan and applying for funding. The council will be on hand to support you through this process.
  • The five members of your group will be required to sign an agreement stating that the members of the group will be responsible for the upkeep of the new growing space.

Further information

Visit the website for more information, including FAQs, contact information, and to see the interactive map

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The copy for this page came from the Allotment Expansion Guarantee website

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