Allotments

In May  2009  the  Parish  Council  (the local 'Allotments Authority') was presented with a petition - signed by 12 parishioners - calling on the Council to provide allotment gardens. Because at least six Local Government Electors/Council Tax payers made the request the Council is legally obliged to provide them.

The Council's response was to set up a working group, tasked with identifying suitable land. Unfortunately, despite following up a number of leads and publicising the need for land, the working group has been unable to find a landowner within the parish willing to make available 1-2 acres on either a freehold or leasehold basis. Two tentative offers of land - one of which reached the 'valuation stage' - were, for various reasons, subsequently withdrawn.

The majority of prospective allotment holders responding to a survey to confirm demand live in, or close to, Staplecross - therefore, the Council was reluctant to seek to provide allotment gardens within a neighbouring parish (which it is legally entitled to do). It was also keen to avoid going down the compulsory purchase/hiring route.

The Council was very grateful therefore when Nick and Christine Hedges offered a 25-year lease - at a peppercorn rent - on a field in Lordine Lane, adjacent to Knowle Corner Wood. A lease was subsequently signed; water and fencing around the plots was installed; a sub-lease between the Parish Council and Ewhurst Parish Allotments Association (which evolved out of the working group) was entered into - and the site opened for cultivation in Spring 2014.

With funding from the Parish Council and Rother District Council's Community Grant Fund, sheds were erected on each plot in Spring 2015 - and this will be followed by the laying of ground protection mesh to improve access. There is even a shared mini orchard!

If you are interested in working a plot please contact us and we will forward your enquiry to the Allotments Association.