Burton upon Stather

Burton upon Stather Parish Allotments

Burton Upon Stather Parish Allotments

Allotment Society Committee


It was a chance remark of “why doesn’t Burton have public allotments?” which prompted an article in the 2008 summer Parish Council newsletter.

Parish and Town Councils have a duty to provide allotments where there is a demand and Burton Parish Council wanted to gauge the demand before committing to any expenditure.

14 residents quickly registered an interest and so a search began for a suitable site.

Sir Reginald Sheffield kindly offered three potential sites, each about one acre in size. The Council consulted residents living near to the potential sites and it emerged that the most suitable place was east of the new cemetery off Wiltshire Avenue.

At a meeting of the Council held on 14th July 2008 members agreed in principle to provide allotments.

The then Clerk to the Council, Pauline Denby, did a great deal of research into allotments, tenancy agreements, rules and regulations, planning issues, provision of water and allotment rents. Finally, a lease was drawn up between the Parish Council and the Normanby Estate to be renewed annually.

Meanwhile the list of those interested grew and grew. The site was divided up into 16 full plots, but four of these were subsequently divided up into half plots to meet the demand. Parish Councillor Steve Sowerby and his wife, Sarah, supervised the division of the site so that everyone had an equally sized plot.

Just 6 months later, on the 1st January 2009, all the plots had been taken at £40 per full plot and £20 per half plot. Work then began on planting a perimeter hedge. Pauline, who had also become a tenant, supervised the fellow allotment holders one cold weekend in planting and staking over 1000 wildlife friendly hedging plants.

The next step was to supply water to the site from the new cemetery. Councillor Mick Peace operated the digger and excavated the trench to take the water pipe to three standpipes. Allotment holder filled in the trench after pipework had been installed by Hales Plumbers.

Birtwhistle Landscaping leveled and seeded the central T shaped path. In 18 months the site had been transformed from a farmed field into very productive, well-kept allotments. A gate, kindly supplied by Burton in Bloom, was installed in June 2010.

An Allotment Society was formed under the chairmanship of Rob Kilsby to ensure that the site was well kept and to sort out any teething problems with the Council.

About Us

Allotment folk are very friendly and co-operative, tackling any problems they meet with ingenuity and good humour! When the playing field pavilion was refurbished, the two redundant water tanks and planks of wood were used to provide water containers for the allotments!

The Allotment Society meets once a month through most of the year at the Westlands Club, Todds Lane. Meetings with outside speakers are also arranged.

Applying for an Allotment

Tenancies are renewed on 1 January each year and the cost is £40 per full plot and £20 per half plot. If you would like to apply for an allotment, please contact the Clerk to the Council:

Candace Brent
Parish Clerk
c/o Vicarage
Vicarage Gardens
DN15 7AZ

Telephone 07982 265914  E-mail clerk.buspc@hotmail.co.uk

For further information about the Allotment Society contact:

Derek Denby
12 Somerset Drive, Burton upon Stather,
Scunthorpe DN15 9HN
Telephone 01724 720191  E-mail derekdenby@aol.com