The allotments are administered by Pangbourne Parish Council and are situated on the edge of the village to the south, with the entrance on Grahame Avenue (off Kennedy Drive). There are over 50 whole plots (each measuring approximately 250 m2) but quite a few are divided into halves, thirds or quarters, which still gives a very good growing area. The soil is light and free-draining, but fertile. There are water standpipes dotted around the allotments and the cost of this water is included in the annual rental charge. There are also several hand pumps which provide water at no cost to allotment holders or the Parish Council.
For 2023, charges are £44 p.a. for a whole plot, £24 for a half, £15 for a third, and £13 for a quarter plot, payable at the beginning of April, with a discount for prompt payment at present set at 25%; there is also a small further discount available for pensioners on application. There is a minimum charge of £10.
From 2024, charges will be £35 p.a. for a whole plot, £20 for a half, £12 for a third and £10 for a quarter plot payable at the beginning of April. No prompt payment discount will be payable, but there will be an administration charge of £15 for late payment. The pensioner discount will be replaced by a hardship discount available on application.
You need to live in Pangbourne or within a mile of its boundary to be eligible for a plot. There is a waiting list which is operated on a first come first served basis; if you would like to put your name down, please contact Jo Power on 0118 984 5898, or contact the parish clerk.
Pangbourne Allotment Association
The Pangbourne Allotment Association was set up in July 2012 and has actively been working to improve the facilities at the allotments since then. It organizes social gatherings, including regular allotment clear ups, plant sales and an annual BBQ at the end of the growing season. You can contact the Allotment Association directly via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PangbourneAllotments/
The association is a member of the National Allotment Society, which individual allotment holders can also join at an additional small fee, providing them with insurance cover and access to a discount seed scheme.