Membership goes from the end of one March to the next. You can join anytime during the year but we do not do part-year payments.
Plots range in size from small beds on communal plots (the smallest being c. 21’ x 6’) to large 12 pole plots. Depending on size, the plot fee varies from about £40 to £90 a year plus 50p per member for membership of Oxford’s allotment umbrella group, the ODFAA. Note that plot fees are set to increase by 20% next year. Only signed-up members can have a key and there is a one-off, refundable £25 key deposit. You are allowed to share your key with family/friends (‘co-workers’). We expect all members to do 2 hours per year community work on the site via our monthly Sunday morning working parties (or pay £20 annually in lieu). We manage two Communal Orchards for the benefit of our members and this community work is necessary for its maintenance as well as work around the site. We could not manage the site without this.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gather some initial information about you, your gardening experience, the time you have available and what size plot best suits you. We will then put you on the waiting list and contact you again when a plot comes free and you are the first in the queue for that size. We will invite you to come and view the plot with a member of the Committee. If you decide to go ahead, we will ask you to complete a membership application form agreeing to our constitution and rules, and make your payment within a few days. Once that is done, we will arrange for you to get your key.
We hope that you will join us soon in growing delicious, sustainable, seasonal food on Cripley Meadow.