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(copyright Michael Pratt )

The Groby Allotment Society has been responsible for day to day management of the two Groby sites on behalf of the Parish Council for some years, and more recently the Council has granted the Society 25 year leases. This is the culmination of a process that started with the maintenance of the waiting list and allocation of plots and eventually led to the Society setting and collecting the rents and organising all aspects of site maintenance apart from those that the Parish Council retains as landlord.

The current arrangements have resulted in a shift of responsibility and workload from councillors and the paid staff of the Parish Clerk's office to the allotment society volunteers, a saving for the Council Tax payers of the village. For those interested in allotment gardening the change has provided a noticeable improvement in customer service as enquiries and problems can be dealt with quickly.

Over the years there have been other changes introduced by the members of the Society to ensure that allotment gardening ceased to be a free for all and had basic rules which ensure that when tenants leave they do not leave a legacy of neglect or problems for the next tenant. Members have approved rules relating to the types and placement of trees as well as structures such as sheds, and the acceptable cultivation of plots.

Groby Allotment Society has just launched its new website


designed to help both current and prospective allotment gardeners. The website is designed to relate to all these aspects. Prospective tenants can view Google maps showing the location and access arrangements for the sites and can print an application for a plot. Members thinking of planting trees or erecting a shed can download application forms and read the guidelines. This will make it easier for them and also for the volunteers dealing with their enquiries. They can also catch up online with the Chairman's monthly article for the Spotlight along with any news and information that needs to be passed on.

Page last updated: 21 August, 2013