About LPG

The Loughton Potato Ground is at the north end of Loughton, on the edge of Epping Forest. It was established in 1813 and extended in 1817. At that time, the Lady of the Manor, Ann Whitaker, and the Forest Court granted Revd. Anthony Hamilton six acres of forest waste so that the poor inhabitants of Loughton could grow potatoes and vegetables for the improvement of their families. These allotments have been in existence now for over two hundred years and are the oldest in Essex. They may be the only ones in the country in continual existence for all that time.

The Potato Ground is on a south-facing slope with good soil and the best views in Loughton. There are just over 100 plots on the site where members produce a wide range of fruits and vegetables. 

Working a plot is a serious commitment but the rewards are high. It is a great way to keep fit and healthy, make new friends and, of course, grow fresh produce. If you’re interested in taking on a plot, please contact us

The Legal Stuff

Data Protection

Loughton Parochial Charities (LPC) is a charitable trust responsible for administering the Loughton Potato Ground (LPG), an allotment. Holders of plots are members of the LPG and a committee elected by plot holders manages the allotment on behalf of the LPC. Neither the LPC nor the LPG have members under the age of 18.

What information do we collect about you? We collect basic information when you become a member, limited to your name and contact details (address, telephone number and email address).

How do we use the information about you? The LPG committee collects information about you to help manage the LPG grounds. We will use your information to maintain updates on your membership details and distribute notifications of the LPG’s annual general meeting or any other special meetings. Neither the LPC nor the LPG will share your details with any third party without your consent.

Other Purposes

If you agree, we will also use your details to distribute information about other LPG matters throughout the year. These include (but are not limited to) notices of water being turned on/off, skips, volunteer work party dates, seed offers and other such allotment-related information. 

Access to your information, correction and retention

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal data, please email us at lpgallotment@gmail.com. It is important to ensure your personal information is up to date. You may ask us to correct or update information at any time or ask us to remove data that is inaccurate. If you cease being a plot holder, we will keep your information on file for a limited period of time to comply with the charity commission.

Cookies and website data

When you visit the LPG website, we may use a standard service to collect anonymous information about users’ activity on the site, for example the number of users viewing pages on the site, to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the site and help us improve it. You can set your browser to not accept cookies, and you can remove any cookies from your browser. This policy only covers the LPG/LPC website. If you link through to another website, you would need to read their privacy policy.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under review and we will place any updates on the LPG website. This policy was updated on 1 September 2018.