Allotments available for growers after a year of poor weather

Residents who want the challenge of growing their own fruit and vegetables are being invited to apply for vacant allotment plots in Kettering.

Kettering Allotments Association says it has spaces at two of the sites it manages.

Treasurer Dai Johnson said: “Some of our members found last year’s wet weather very discouraging and have not renewed their membership for 2013, hence our waiting lists for plots is shorter than normal.

“Now is the ideal time to start an allotment garden, just before the new season springs into action.”

Plots are available at the Scott Road allotment near Brambleside and Margaret Road in the Ise valley. The association also runs two other allotment sites on behalf of Kettering Council at Northfield Avenue and Windmill Avenue.

The situation this year is a far cry from that of 2009, when the allotment association told the Telegraph that its waiting list for a plot was two years long.

Since then, the numbers on the waiting list have been trimmed, and in April last year there was no waiting list at all for two of the association’s allotments.

Rents vary depending on the size of the plot, but Mr Johnson said a typical allotment costs less than £15 per year to rent.

For more information call Mr Johnson on 01536 483398 or visit www.ketteringallotments.co.uk.