Allotment sites with vacant plots to grow your own!

There are allotment plots available at several locations across the city including; South Ward, near Redbridge, Cow Mead, Abingdon Road and West Minchery Farm, Littlemore and Cripley Meadow, Walton Well Road.

Plots costs vary but across the city the average is £25 per year (for 250m²).  Smaller sized plots are available at some sites. Why not share one with friends or relations, bring your kids along, or team up with neighbours to grow salads, potatoes, herbs or root vegetables.

Renting an allotment plot allows you to grow your own food, keep active and can be a sociable place to meet other people.

If you would like to find out more contact the allotments direct, or ring the City Council’s parks and open spaces team on 01865 252437, email or visit

Consultation on housing sites includes car park

A preferred options paper is going to be considered by the City Executive Board next Wednesday. It has information on sites proposed for housing and development and many are in Headington Ward or will affect Headington Ward residents.  These include (preferred option in brackets):

  • Churchill Hospital site (reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Dorset House site
  • Gipsy Lane campus
  • Headington car park, Old High Street (car-free residential and/or student accommodation)
  • Headington Preparatory School (do not allocate)
  • Headington School (do not allocate)
  • JR Hospital (reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Manor Ground (100% affordable housing)
  • NOC (healthcare and medical research – reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Old Road campus (hospitaland medical research – reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Park Hospital (medical teaching and research – reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Ruskin College (main academic site)

Library use of the Dorset House site has been rejected

For a full list and commentary please click here

Want to grow fruit and vegetable but don’t have a garden?

Fruit and vegetables image This could be your chance…

Landshare logo

Landshare brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food.It’s for people who:

·        Want to grow veg but don’t have anywhere to do it

·        Have a spare bit of land they’re prepared to share

·        Can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself

·        Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing

·        Are already growing and want to join in the community

Landshare came out of TV’s River Cottage. It began when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall helped some Bristol families grow veg on derelict council land. The experience was so inspiring that River Cottage decided to see if it would work nationwide. Now Landshare is a national movement of more than 50,000 people, go to their web site by clicking here.

It began with the tiny seed of an idea – and it’s growing and growing