It’s native to think that putting your name down on an allotment waiting list and waiting for a phone call is all you have to do. For decades many sites run two waiting lists, their own made from people who turn up at the allotment gate one weekend and enquire plus the waiting list held by the local authority.
Allotment sites are run by people, usually an aging committee and if you rock up one Sunday morning showing your enthusiasm for taking on your own allotment but also offer to get involved with site activities such as Working Party days to help maintain the site – then there is no doubt your name will jump higher on the waiting list. But be honest with yourself, will you still volunteer once you’ve secured your allotment? The answer should be yes.
Allotment committees want people who will do their allotments and help out on site, it’s a fact of life. If everyone turned up, did their allotment then went home – who would clean the site toilets or look after the site shop or run the annual show or events? The more active you can become outside of tending to your own allotment, the better.
Don’t turn up at the annual open day and start shouting the odds about why are there so many overgrown plots? This will be a very quick way to get your name lower down on the waiting list, no volunteer committee wants troublemakers on their site. All these positions are held on a voluntary position so respect that.