Grow your own

Lewes Town Council provides garden allotment plots on several sites in the town:

Landport                                38 plots

Highdown                              43 plots

Church Lane  Malling             5 plots

Paddock Road                      16 plots

Haredean                            123 plots

Queens Road, Malling          17 plots

There are in addition the Boughey Memorial Allotments at Earwig Corner owned by Lewes District Council; Malling Down owned by Sussex Wildlife Trust, and a few others, privately owned, scattered throughout the town.

Bee keeping on our allotments

We allow the keeping of beehives provided the majority of other tenants do not object, and beekeepers must agree to special conditions – available here.   Beekeepers are expected to be experienced, or to have close guidance from an experienced beekeeper.  The beekeeper is expected to follow guidance from the British Bee-Keepers Association regarding allotment beekeeping and recommended acceptable practice. We prefer beekeepers to be members of a beekeeping association which is itself a member of the British Beekeepers Association, (BBKA), or at least be a member of a local beekeeping group., but are happy to consider independent beekeepers.

New Policy  In March 2021 the Council adopted a new set of policies for the letting and management of its allotments.

All tenants and prospective tenants will be provided with a copy of the Policy Statement and guidance for tenants, which can also be read or downloaded here

We operate waiting lists, and prospective tenants can specify their first- and second-choice of site for the next available plot.  Some plots remain quite large, dating from the earliest days of the sites, but these are subdivided to create new plots for waiting gardeners whenever the opportunity arises.  Allotments may be used for growing vegetables; flowers, fruit etc but not for commercial sale.

To discuss allotments, please contact our Administration Officer, Emma Tingley on 01273 471469; visit our office at the Town Hall, or email her at 

Annual Allotments Show

Each September we hold the Lewes Allotments Show in the Corn Exchange at the Town Hall, a popular and fun event giving tenants the chance to show off what they have grown, or made from the produce, and compete for prizes in dozens of categories.