2. Animals on allotments
Animals must not be kept on allotments, or anywhere else, unless they
can be provided with an appropriate environment and adequate general
If you keep animals on your allotment you must comply with animal welfare guidelines.
- Hens, bees and other animals - National Allotment Society website
- Horses - DEFRA website
- Keeping sheep and goats - DEFRA website
- Other species - DEFRA website
Emergencies and time away from your allotment
Make plans to deal with emergencies e.g. fire, flood or the need for emergency slaughter.
You should have an emergency containment area for the animals.
Give emergency contact details (and a back up contact) to the Environmental Health team.
Also display emergency contact details on your allotment and tell your neighbours.
Think about who will care for animals when allotment holders are away.
Also think about additional security on sites where animals are kept. This is particularly important on sites which may be vulnerable to vandalism or theft. Allotment societies must be made aware that allotment sites may be used for illegal activity such as wild bird trapping or snaring.
Training for allotment holders
You should be able to demonstrate minimum standards of experience and training before being allowed to keep farm animals.
- Agricultural colleges in the UK - Stackyard website
The Council strongly recommends that people who intend to keep livestock arrange to attend some courses, or gain practical experience with a knowledgeable person who understands livestock behaviour.
Anyone who keeps animals must have regular contact with their vet who can advise them of any necessary actions needed to protect the health of the animals.
Allotment holders should be aware of hazards caused to wildlife and
other animals such as domestic cats by dangerous waste, litter, nylon
rope, netting and chemicals.
Owners of animals (especially horses and cattle) should be aware of the danger of ragwort poisoning.
- Ragwort and injurious weeds - DEFRA website