Allotment Watch follows the principles of Neighbourhood Watch and applies them specifically to the issues of an allotment site.
Usually an allotment site has a management committee or group which brings together plot holders on the site. This group would be encouraged to become the “Allotment Watch” coordinating body for the site. However, it would always be possible for an individual to become a coordinator and get other plot holders to connect too. Either way, as a single site with dozens or hundreds of plots on site, it is better if as many plots as possible sign up to the programme.
Please note that the logos below is only permitted to be used on a registered and authorised Allotment Watch site.
To become an Allotment Watch in North East Lincolnshire please contact Karl Elliott at NELwatch to discuss steps to get a group formally established.
What does an Allotment Watch do?
Encourages plot holders to take steps to protect their own property and follow safety advice
Encourages timely and accurate reporting of crime and issues on site
Share information, materials and advice that helps plot holders be aware of ways to protect themselves and their property; to be aware of local crimes; and to be aware of local campaigns
Collectively monitor issues on site and record them in a way that helps with investigation and prevention, for example, through incident diaries
Improves communication and cooperation between plot holders by sharing information in ways that help with crime prevention and other good practices
Work with Council, Police and other parters to find ways to improve security on site
Provide visible deterrent on site to discourage crime and anti-social behaviour
The first Allotment Watch for North East Lincolnshire is run by the West Marsh Allotment Association on the Littlecoates Allotment site. The Allotment Association ‘branded’ as a Neighbourhood Watch Group in 2020/21 but have formally rebranded as an Allotment Watch from Spring 2022 and are working with plot holders to stay safe on site.