Allotments and gardening in Calderdale

Why start an allotment?

Working on an allotment is a great way to socialise, exercise, develop your horticultural skills and enjoy the fresh air. They can be used to grow your own vegetables, soft fruit and herbs.

Local allotments run by Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council owns 36 allotment sites and over 700 plots across the borough.

Applications can be made direct to the Council, but there is a high demand for allotment plots, with waiting lists present on all allotment sites.

16 of the Council owned allotment sites are managed by allotment associations which have been set up by local people. These associations manage their own waiting lists and collection of rentals. Applications need to go directly to the relevant allotment association, see: Allotment garden sites.

Find out more and apply

Or ring 01422 284412 or email

Other Allotments

There are a small number of private sites within Calderdale. These sites are not owned or managed by the Council. For more details, visit the National Allotment Society.

Ripley Street Allotment Association, Lightcliffe is a small, self-managed site of just 13 allotments.

Most allotments do not have websites but their locations can easily be found on Google.  Here is a selection.

  • Skircoat Green, Godfrey Road, HX3 0NF
  • Pye Nest, Halifax HX2 7DQ
  • Lees Field, Hipperholme, HX3 8HX
  • Hopwood Lane: 1 Vickerman St, Halifax HX1 3YA
  • Siddall: Cross Keys PH, Siddal, Halifax HX3 9AE
  • Haigh Lane Allotments, Halifax HX3 0PQ
  • Sowerby Bridge: Fore Ln, Springfield, Sowerby Bridge HX6 1AE and Willow Street: 30 Nelson Pl, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2BU
  • Pellon Lane: Stretchgate Lane, Halifax HX2 0HN
  • Whitehill: Whitehill Rd, Halifax HX2 9HD
  • Red Acre Growing Project, community growing in the heart of the Calder Valley. 9 Westfield Terrace, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5DG
  • Lillands Lane, Rastrick, Brighouse HD6 3BS
  • Chapel Croft: Brighouse HD6 3UZ
  • Bankfield, Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd

Todmorden has a facebook page for people looking for an allotment

Community Gardening and Growing

Grow Calderdale

Grow Calderdale is the newsletter published by Calderdale Council giving advice and tips on gardening and growing your own fruit and veg.  We publish issues on our website: search Grow Calderdale to see the latest newsletter.

Incredible Edible, Todmorden

Incredible Edible is a Community Benefit Society which has been set up to help people to work together for a world where all share responsibility for the future wellbeing of our planet and ourselves.

They aim to provide access to good local food for all, through:
• working together
• learning – from cradle to grave
• supporting local business.

They grow fruit, herbs and vegetables around Todmorden that are for everyone to share and also run a wide range of events that help strengthen the local community.

Visit the website

The Outback Garden

The Outback is a unique community kitchen and garden based in the heart of the Park Ward community, directly behind Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Rd, Halifax HX1 5NB

Find them on Facebook

The Paddock Community Garden, Ovenden

The Paddock is a newly built community garden sitting in the midst of three estates in Ovenden (Rugby, Athol and Grove). It serves a large and diverse community, old and young with some ethnic minority groups too. Having access to safe, accessible and attractive green spaces will help people stay active and enjoy better health.

Visit the website







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