• Coronavirus Covid-19
  • What you need to do
  • Stay at Home
  • Protect the NHS
  • Save Lives


Hi, well here you are, you appear to have stumbled upon the pages of Burley Model Allotments Association. To begin your journey we have put together a few notes on Coronavirus. This is the most severe global pandemic the world has ever seen. It is essential that we follow all the guidelines; to stay at home to help stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. Wash your hands with soap and water often to reduce the risk of infection.

Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times and take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of contagion from the Covid- 19 virus when you visit the plot.

General advice on Coronavirus (COVID19)

What is Covid 19

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.

The virus that causes COVID 19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. The droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces.
Smaller airborne particles can remain in the air for some time. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of a person who has Convid-19- hence the 2m social distancing requirement, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

Help if you are Self Isolating

If you are self isolating and you do not have friends or family who live locally who can help, you can get help from.

Voluntary Action Leeds Tel. 0113 378 1877

Trading Hut

The shop is now closed for sale of goods and Keys.
We have had a number of people contacting us asking about how we should be operating the Shop in the current situation. Most things we have run out of and what is left is at 10%. As we cannot get any deliveries the Shop will remain CLOSED until further notice. The remaining seed potatoes have been weighed out in 1kg bags and left outside the hut please put any donations under the hut door.

General Advice from Leeds City Council

Government guidelines have stated that tenants can continue to visit their allotments as this is regarded as a form of exercise, as long as they abide by the following:

    • Limit your visits to one a day (stay as long as is needed)
    • Keep within the 2m social distancing rule.
    • Stay on your own plot.
    • Do not gather in groups around the site.
    • Bring hand sanitiser/gel with you (if you have any) for use on gates, locks, padlock, taps etc.
    • Do not use shared tools.
    • Wash hands regularly.
    • If you have children at home, you can bring members of the same household with you to your plot as long as no-one is self-isolating.

Above all follow the government guidelines and ensure that you, your family and everyone else on the site remains safe.

Some F.A.Q’s

Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?

Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis.

Can I visit the allotment with my family?

Yes, government guidelines state that you can exercise with members of your household. If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.

However, this is subject to change if the guidelines are abused and people are congregating on the site. It is just a suggestion and plot-holders can decide for themselves but looking at the bigger picture regarding the risk of sites being shut – as they have been in Ireland and France. If plot-holders are happy to visit alone or stay away for a few weeks this could reduce the risk of all allotments being closed.

How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?

  • DO NOT attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolating.
  • Take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels to the plot with you (cold water will work too).
  • Wear gloves when entering the site and opening locks.
  • Use hand sanitiser (should be 60% alcohol content) before entering the site and opening any gate locks if not wearing gloves.
  • Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds after closing the lock, dry with a paper towel.
  • The most effective part of hand washing is the drying using preferably paper towel to remove the layer of dead skin scales - on which virus and bacteria sit.
  • DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people- use an elbow to work the push taps.
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres.
  • DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart.
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  • Do not share tools.
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs.
  • Wash your hands again for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel before opening and closing the lock to leave the site.
  • Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock.
  • Wash hands when you get home.


Leeds City Council has ordered us to comply with Environmental Protection Act 1990 – Section 80. In relation to Fires on Allotments/Gardens.
Smoke from bonfires can cause people with respiratory and other health conditions to suffer. This is particularly relevant at the current time where people are likely to be spending more time at home and in their gardens due to the restrictions and self-isolations in place due to COVID-19. It may also be the case that some households may even be experiencing the symptoms of the virus and could be adversely affected by smoke.
Bonfires may also be a nuisance and an inconvenience to those who wish to sit in their gardens or dry washing.
Under the above Act smoke emitted from premises which causes a nuisance or is harmful to health is considered to be a statutory nuisance. Anyone causing a statutory nuisance may be liable to prosecution and a subsequent fine.

Most of all, please follow all the guidelines to help stop the spread of coronavirus and Stay Safe.

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Welcome once more

Well here we are; this is the Burley Model Allotments website. Our intention is to tell you all about our allotment site. There are a good few pages that let us do this. By navigating through the site you will find out about the History of the site, how we manage the site, the Trading Hut we run which is open on Saturday mornings. As well the Events we have each year culminating in our Annual Show.

There is also a Library of all the documents we produce, a Recipes page where you can put to use all you have grown on the allotment site. In addition to all of this we have a Gallery where you can view photos taken on the site as well as a number of Videos clips, an Offers page which you can utilise and get discounts on various items. And on top of all that we have a dedicated Links page which as you might imagine has links to other websites you may find useful and interesting.

All in All we hope you find our little website what it’s meant to be an interesting, entertaining place to visit and most of all a little bit of fun.



Join Us

Should you wish to join us here at Burley Model Allotments the simply go to the Join Us page and submit your application using the form on the page. If you prefer you can always drop in to the allotment site and see us in person one Saturday morning at the Trading Hut. We are open every Saturday morning between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. The site can be accessed from the Gate on Lumley Place which is off Lumley Road the nearest postcode is LS4 2NL.

Alternatively you can download an application form from the Library page and send it to our P.O. Box address. Whichever way you choose to contact us we will get back to confirm your registration on our waiting list. So please don’t be shy pop along and see us and call in for a look round and a cuppa in the hut, we are a pleasant and happy enough crowd and are always happy to meet new folk.

Come on in and Join Us here at Burley Model Allotments, we’re a friendly enough bunch.

Contact Us

You can use this page if you are an existing member of the site or an applicant wanting additional details. Again simply complete the form on the page and submit it to the relevant person you which to contact. There are also email addresses of the various officers of the allotment committee should you wish to contact them directly. Again please feel free to call and see us in person one Saturday morning in the hut and chat with us over a cuppa. However you want to contact us let us know what’s on your mind, if you are having difficulties with your plot, or have any ideas on how we can improve the site. We look forward to hearing from you.

Support and Help

It is one of our main objectives to support our members of the Association to ensure that they get the maximum benefit from their allotment plots. We would like to encourage the sharing of knowledge, a love of growing vegetables, fruit and flowers and social interaction. It is our intention that our allotment plots will be a huge benefit to the whole of our community.

Burley Model Allotments are focused on forming strong partnerships and have worked tirelessly in the last few years with similar groups and individuals who are all working towards achieving the same goals. We hope that we will be able to form new partnerships over the coming year and work towards promoting allotments and the benefits of growing your own produce. Please join us, as the more partnerships we are able to form the stronger our organisation becomes and the more people we are able to help.

Help, however, is a two way boulevard and the more help that we have from members of our association as well as the community at large then the better shape we will be in. This will enable us to help more people and improve the site for future generations.

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Our Objectives

Our Objectives

Our main objective is to ensure that everyone can ENJOY Burley Model Allotments and the facilities we provide. We always try to remember that growing is FUN. Our intention is to ensure that everyone can revel each day in your own little piece of heaven and that by working closely with nature we learn more about ourselves and the gardens we create each and every day.

We will actively pursue the continual improvement of the fertility, cleanliness, productivity and facilities of the site, as a whole, for the benefit of all plot holders and to ensure that we provide a legacy for those who follow. We are committed to ensuring that the environment and wildlife areas are protected and to publicise the pleasure and virtues of gardening as a hobby and recreation.

Our Aims

We Aim to:

  • Manage the allotments site as an area for flowers, fruit and vegetable growing;
  • Develop the site as a learning environment where members of the wider community can learn about gardening;
  • Encourage self sufficiency, sustainability and recycling;
  • Promote healthy eating and exercise through gardening and where possible organic vegetable growing in the interests of our members and the local community;
  • Co-operate with other gardening associations and environmental organisations in matters of mutual interest;
  • Develop and promote the Association in the interests of the local community;

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