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There are currently three allotments sites on land owned by Rossendale Borough Council:

Free Lane, Helmshore – 52 Plots

Kirk Hill, Haslingden – 11 Plots

Prinny Hill, Haslingden  - 8 Plots

On 1 April 2014, Free Lane Allotments became a self managed site – managed by Free Lane Community Allotment Society.   Kirk Hill and Prinny Hill sites remain under Rossendale Borough Council management.  Two further allotment sites on Council land are currently being developed in Stacksteads and Loveclough.  These will be run as self managed sites by Stacksteads Allotment Society and Limey Valley Residents Association respectively.

Free Lane Community Allotment Society maintains a waiting list of Rossendale residents who have expressed a wish to be allocated a plot on any of the 3 sites, in conjunction with Rossendale Council.  If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please visit   

Rossendale Council maintains a register of tenants at Kirk Hill and Prinny Hill and Free Lane Community Allotment Society (FLCAS) maintain a register of tenants at Free Lane.  All new tenants are required to sign a tenancy agreement.  The waiting lists are maintained on a first come, first allocated basis for each site. Tenants are not permitted to underlet, assign or part with the possession of the allotment garden.

Allotments are a great way of taking exercise and growing and eating your own organic food whilst enjoying a sense of community relationship.  Please be aware, however, that allotments require substantial amounts of time and energy to keep them maintained and productive. 

There is a one off administrative charge of £20.00 for new tenants plus the annual rental which is currently 0.29p per square metre at Kirk hill and Prinny Hill and 0.31per square metre at Free Lane.  Charges will increase in line with the rate of inflation.  The annual rental for an allotment plot must be paid annually on the first of April each year.  Rossendale Borough council does not offer any concessions on allotments. 

If you have any questions or queries regarding allotments then please feel free to contact the Operations Team, contact details below.


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Department: Communities Team

Telephone: 01706 252552

Stubbylee Hall, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 0DE