This factsheet, endorsed by the Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government, demystifies where allotments law applies to community growers and when sites become designated as statutory allotments.

Co-written by the Community Land Advisory Service, this publication provides general information on various legal issues concerning allotments, current at the time of publication. It is aimed primarily at anyone that is thinking of setting up a new allotment or community garden site, or is concerned about how allotments law could affect their site.

Landowners wanting to put land into productive use by creating private allotments or giving their land over to a community gardening group will find it useful too.

The contents of the new publication do not constitute legal advice, are not intended as a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied on as such. FCFCG recommends that individuals or groups should seek legal advice in relation to their individual circumstances. Allotment law varies across UK countries, particularly Scotland. This fact sheet is therefore primarily relevant in England and Wales and while some of the general principles are applicable in Scotland, it would be best to check with SAGS in Scotland on any technical or legal matters, via