These sites all belong to Exeter City Council and tenants pay rent to the council and abide by the City Rules. Day to day management is provided by five volunteer Site Managers, who are also members of TAGS.
It is really important that allotment tenants follow the city rules. They not only give guidance for good practice but they also indicate how a tenant can be a responsible member of the allotment community. For example, tenants must take action to prevent or eliminate persistent and invasive weeds. These can be not only a problem for the tenant but also for the allotment neighbours. Contravening city rules can lead to eviction from a plot.
The rules are available here
To apply for an allotment visit the Exeter City Council Website
Note that only those people who live within the boundary of Exeter City Council are eligible for tenancy of a plot. If a tenant moves to an address outside of the boundary of the Exeter City Council their tenancy will be terminated.
The underlying rock for each site is the reddish brown Dawlish Sandstone from the Permian Period. On top of it are much more recent sands and rounded gravels deposited by ancient rivers. In our mild, wet climate they form a slightly acidic, sandy loam soil, often with rounded pebbles, which is easy to work, even when wet. They dry and warm up quickly but are quite ‘hungry’ needing regular additions of organic matter to give the soil body and nutrients. Topsoil depth varies across each site from a few inches to a foot and a half at best.
Allotment size varies. Some people still have ‘full’ allotments which are 10 rods in size, but in view of the high demand for allotments the City Council, nowadays, only let ‘half’ plots’ – roughly 5 rods in size. A few plots have been subdivided into smaller plots of one or two rods each.