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Managing Allotments in Local Authorities


£178+VAT (APSE members) £289+VAT (Non-members)

13/09/22(PM) + 14/09/22(PM)

Learn more about our in-house option, please contact Fiona Sutton-Wilson for details: fsuttonwilson@apse.org.uk


APSE has been delivering training for local authorities on the management of allotments for over 10 years. This course, which has been updated for the virtual classroom, will provide you with an understanding of legal and statutory responsibilities alongside practical advice and guidance on what is required from:

  • local authorities
  • allotment associations with devolved management responsibilities
  • allotment holders

The course will also consider the current issues facing the sector e.g. funding, water, waiting lists, costs and enforcement, shared use, self-management, and site safety plus much more.


Who Will Benefit?

  • Allotment Officers
  • Parks and Green Space managers
  • Officers responsible for allotments
  • Town clerks
  • Other Officers in allotments

The training is primarily designed for local authority officers with responsibilities for managing established portfolios of allotment sites and dealing with on-site problems. It will also be relevant for officers working with allotment associations with devolved management.


Learning Outcomes

  • Outline what is involved in managing allotments
  • Observe what is changing in the sector
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of all parties
  • Recognise the wider impact of allotments on health and wellbeing
  • Interpret first-hand experiences from the sector
  • Illustrate practical day-to-day problems
  • Discuss best practice and good example models
  • Identify sources of signposting for additional help
  • Appreciate the tools and develop the self-confidence to manage allotments



This course is offered as a full day or as two half days.

Morning sessions:         09:00 Start        12:00 Finish

Afternoon sessions:      13:00 Start        16:00 Finish


This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. To access it you will need a WiFi connection or mobile data hotspot. Downloading Microsoft Teams to your laptop, desktop or smart device will give a better performance and greater functionality throughout the day.  This highly interactive training includes a mixture of presentations, video conferencing, group work, games, quizzes and video.


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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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