Longcroft Allotment Association is a volunteer led organisation created to support and promote allotments in the Welwyn Garden City Area.
We have two sites; the Digswell and Broadwater sites.
Situated in Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, the Digswell site has over 70 plots.
The Digswell site has water provision, toilets and a small kitchen.
Situated in Corals Mead, off Broadwater Lane in Welwyn Garden City, the Broadwater site has over 35 plots. The Broadwater site benefits from water and has toilet facilities.
Every year, you receive an invoice for your plot, calculated as an amount per pole. But how many of us actually know what a pole is?
Allotments are traditionally measured in rods or poles (they're the same thing),which is an old Anglo-Saxon unit named because it was the length of the rod used to control a team of eight oxen, which was about 5.5 yards in length. A pole has now come to mean an area rather than length and is a measure of area equal to 5.5 yards by 5.5 yards, or 30.25 square yards.
Most of the plots on the Digswell and Broadwater sites are 5 and 7 pole plots, and so are about 150 square yards or 212 square yards respectively. A half plot would normally be 75 square yards.