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Summer view of Luton from Stockingstone allotments
Summer view of Luton from Stockingstone allotments

Size of plots

Allotments are traditionally measured in ‘poles’ (sometimes called rods or perches), an old measurement dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. 10 poles is the standard size of an allotment, the equivalent of around 250 square metres or about the size of a doubles tennis court.

These days, because of work and other commitments, people often want smaller plots. Many cultivators at the Stockingstone site have plots of around 3 poles or 5 poles.

Cost of renting a plot

  • The fee for 2023 is £8 per pole.
  • Public Liability Insurance is a contribution of £3 (2022 figure)
  • Tenancy Agreement [PDF]

There is also a one-off non-refundable fee of £10 for 2 keys. 1 key for the padlocks on main entrance (green) gate and second entrance (grey) gate, and 1 key for the toilets.

The annual payment is due by 31 October.

Update May 2023

There are currently no plots available. There is a waiting list and when a plot becomes available we will contact the people on the waiting list on a ‘first come first served’ basis. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email

There are other allotment  sites around Luton that may have vacant plots. Please check for information.