The time needed depends on the size of the plot and how intensively you want to garden. For a standard 76m2 to 126m2 plot, expect to spend four to five hours per week in the summer months, and one to two hours per week in the winter. Many people find they spend considerably longer on their plots.
Portsmouth City Council has a duty to ensure that the city’s allotment plots are put to good use, not only for the benefit of the people on the waiting list, but also because neighbouring plots can be affected by weeds spreading from neglected plots. Plots are inspected monthly, and for any that are not being cultivated, a letter will be sent requesting plots to be returned to cultivation within a month, or the council will take back the plot and offer it to the person at the top of the waiting list.
To see whether an allotment is right for you, why not pay a visit to an allotment site on a Sunday morning - a popular time when other plot-holders will be around to advise or answer your questions.