Farm Terrace Allotment Fighting Fund

Raised: £10,880.00
Goal: £30,000.00

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Sara Jane Trebar

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Farm Terrace Allotment site Watford has existed since 1896. It stands in the centre of the hugely urbanized town of Watford. An oasis in an Urban Jungle. However we are in the middle of... more


Updated posted by Sara Jane Trebar 10 hours ago

News Update – 18 April 2014

Although our court action is progressing with a proposed hearing date in the summer, Watford Council has pressed ahead with a planning application to build on Farm Terrace allotments.

If you would like to make any comments on the Council’s application please click the link below that takes you to the specific planning page.

What is slightly unusual about this application, is that the Council is both judge and jury as it is the joint developer and land owner!


Updated posted by Sara Jane Trebar 23 days ago

Here you go!!Forward to 01:47:32 to hear my debate against Mayor Dorothy! and please if you empathise with us and you haven't done so already please donate!!


Updated posted by Sara Jane Trebar 23 days ago

Mayor Dorothy and I will be doing a live Radio Interview on BBC 3 Counties at 7.45 am tomorrow. (95.5fm, 103.8fm,104.5fm) I realise some of you will not all be able to listen to it but I will put up the I player link afterwards. It should be a lively debate!!

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Created by Sara Jane Trebar on July 7, 2013

Farm Terrace Allotment site Watford has existed since 1896. It stands in the centre of the hugely urbanized town of Watford. An oasis in an Urban Jungle. However we are in the middle of a bitter war with our council and central government who want to build housing on our site. This is becoming an epidemic, as more and more councils see selling off precious allotment sites as a way of generating cash. Since 2007 there have been 132 separate applications to close down allotments under section 8 of the 1925 Allotments Act. Out of these 132 applications 97% were approved (128 cases) and only 4 cases refused. Plot holders feel powerless to protest about these closures because the government have such power – until now.

Our case showed that the Secretary of State had not applied his policy lawfully and in the face of legal action the Secretary of State backed down! However our Lib Dem council is not backing down and plans to put in another submission to develop on the allotments as the original case now has to be revisited. We in defence will be putting in our own submission with new data and facts. The Secretary of State will then make a new decision again in the Autumn. If we win, not only will we save Farm Terrace but we also will strike a blow for the protection of allotments all over the UK as it will make it much harder for them to be developed on!

Although we successfully challenged the first decision we may have to continue our fight in court dependant on what the decision is in the Autumn.

So far, we have received support from individuals, allotment holders, allotment associations nationwide as well as members of our local community.

Please donate as much as you can, we believe that if all our allotments are still needed now, more than ever. If all allotment holders keep quiet and do not stand up and be counted alongside us it is our very real fear that allotments will, in the very near future, be assigned to the history books.

Please help Save Farm Terrace. Please help save ALL allotments.

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Keep Fighting, I met with Dorothy to push for self management in 2010 at Callowlands when she assured me that they did not need any allotment land to develop the Hospital site and Farm Terrace was safe from any development! And so was the land at Callowlands.

posted by Robert Nicols 8 months ago

Yes, WBC is after the allotments,with no sense of ethics, and respect of the laws, no understanding of what it means to preserve natural resources, how many times we heard us being called the fenced allotments, but WBC can walk in any time, without weighting their decision, and our own stand. How far do we have to go to be heard? Is this a democracy?

posted by Virginie Jones 8 months ago

Just found the sudden reversal of Eric Pickles. I just can't believe we are able to keep Farm Terrace Allotments, but this is true, it's happening! Although Mayor Dorothy thinks it's a simple point of law to elude.

posted by Virginie Jones 8 months ago

Can I suggest that you reach out to the media / local newspapers, I.e. if you can get someone like Monty Don to even mention this case on his show I am sure there would be a lot more support and maybe he might be generous enough to donate something as well!! :)

posted by Jaimin Parmar 8 months ago

Manor Garden Allotments: their destruction for the Olympics was an unnecessary tragedy. I hope you will be more successful.

posted by Susanna Clymo 8 months ago

I'm so delighted we have exceeded 2000 that I am going to celebrate with a glass of pink plonk.

posted by Martina Moore 9 months ago

No land open to the community, and that's statutory, should be played with, and used for completing a public- private deal-.That's not what Farm Terrace is for, and we can't just go ignorant of what's happening all over England, or nearby. Farm Terrace has been a haven for me, since i stepped in England.

posted by Virginie Jones 9 months ago

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£10,880 raised by 537 people in 9 months.


Finn Jackson

2 hours ago


Good luck!!! :o)



martin copeland

10 hours ago


Don't believe the hype




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Karen Kenny

3 days ago


Keep fighting folks am gaining support for you all the time when talking allotments around the counties.



Ann Williams

4 days ago



Leslie Chapman

9 days ago


The Becontree Horticultural and Allotment Association wish you well with your endeavour to save Farm Terrace Allotment from a menacing Watford Council. We hope you WIN!



Sara Jane Trebar

9 days ago


From my neighbour Denise! With Thanks SJT



Anne Baber

10 days ago


It is such a worthwhile fight




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Roger Matthews

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