Wivenhoe Town Council's 137 allotments of varying size are located at Rectory Road, CO7 9ES. They are very popular and there is a waiting list. If you are 18 or over, live in Wivenhoe and would like to apply, contact the council offices.
Once a tenancy is allocated, a familiarisation session with all new plot holders is carried out by Membership Secretary Margaret Medler of the Wivenhoe Allotments and Gardens Association (WAGA).
We provide a skip twice a year in April and August and carry out regular inspections during the growing season. The first takes place in March, a second in April and then every six weeks or so until the final one in either October or November, dependant on the weather. Following inspections we sometimes issue letters to plot holders notifying them of actions that need to be taken before the next inspection and this also provides us with an opportunity to find out if a tenant needs support to maintain their plot.
Each September, WAGA stages the Wivenhoe Show in the William Loveless Hall where fruit and vegetables, cakes, home-made jams and wine and handicrafts are on display.
WAGA also promotes a vegetable garden share scheme for residents. If you have a vegetable garden and are willing to share with someone who might be able to take it on in return for a share of the produce, please contact WAGA.
You do not need to be an allotment tenant to become a member of WAGA. Membership enables you to take advantage of the Trading Hut at Rectory Road which is open every Sunday morning from 10 am to 12 noon except December, where you can purchase seeds, potatoes, compost, weed killers, canes, mesh and matting.
WAGA also have a regular spot on Colne Radio 106.6 FM, sharing helpful gardening hints and tips.
They have been thriving in Wivenhoe for a very long time and are a valuable asset to the town and their continuing support is appreciated. Click here to read more about the history of WAGA.