Allotments are small plots of cultivatable land that are set aside and rented specifically for the production of fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs, etc.

Allotments can bring a variety of benefits, not just to individual plot holders, but also to their families, their communities and the environment. Allotments are an important and integral part of the city's community infrastructure. They are places for:

  • Economical cultivation of produce
  • Organic cultivation of produce
  • Exercising and improving physical well-being
  • Relaxing and improving mental well-being
  • Learning and developing skills
  • Socialising with like-minded people
  • Providing community green spaces
  • Conducting community activities and improving community cohesion
  • Protecting wildlife

Allotment sizes 

Aberdeen has 510 Council owned allotment plots located across 21 sites. There are also a few sites in private ownership. Our allotment plots vary in size from approximately 300mfor a full size plot, 225m2 for a 3/4 size plot, 150m2 for a half size plot, and 50m2 for a Micro Plot. Most of our allotments are in the south of the city.


The fees to rent a Council allotment plot for 2017/18 are set out below:

Plot Size (approx) Annual fee  Concession
Full 300m2 £82.92 £41.46
3/4 225m2 £62.19 £31.10
1/2 150m2 £41.46 £20.73
Micro Plot 50m2 £11.85 No Concession

These costs include water charges.

Please note that if the current fees change, all individual allotment plot holders will be informed about any changes before they are implemented. 

Applying for an allotment 

If you live in Aberdeen you can apply to rent an allotment plot in the city. To put in a request for an allotment plot, please either:

  • download an application form from this page; or
  • use the contact details at the bottom of this page to request a hard copy of the form.
  • submit it to the address below, by mail or in person

Allotments are increasingly popular. More often than not there will be a waiting list for an allotment plot at all our allotment sites. If, at the time of your application, there is no allotment plot available at the location(s) you choose, you will be automatically placed on the waiting list(s) for those sites.

You could be on the waiting list for a while until an allotment becomes available.

Food growing strategy

Aberdeen City Council is developing a Food Growing Strategy. This is being developed under the Community Empowerment Act 2015 - Part 9 (Allotments). 

View a map of places where food is grown in Aberdeen.

Contact details

Pat Wilson
Aberdeen City Council
Altens East Recycling and Resource Facility
Hareness Place
Altens Industrial Estate
AB12 3GX

01224 387640

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