About us

The Hackney Allotment Society, founded in 1979, is a registered charity (number 294128) managed by a voluntary committee. The aim of the Society is to promote horticulture in the London Borough of Hackney. We have 9 sites across the borough with a total of 133 full plots. Some plots are split into half plots and we have two raised bed plots. Demand for plots is high and a waiting list is maintained. Waiting time is likely to be several years depending on your choice of site.

Becoming a member - list temporarily closed

To join the Society and have your name added to the waiting list you must be a resident of the London Borough of Hackney. Membership of the Society is currently £4 per annum, renewable on 1st October each year.

As a member, you will receive regular newsletters, and you may attend and vote at the AGM and participate in the running of the Society and other events. When a plot becomes available for you, you will receive an offer letter and be invited to visit the vacant plot prior to acceptance. The plot rent for 2017/18 is £31 per annum for a full plot (£15.50 concessions) and £15.50 per annum for a half plot (£7.75 concessions). The membership fee of £4 is payable in addition to these amounts.

The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before. - Vita Sackville-West

AGM 2018

The AGM 2018 minutes are now available including chair and treasurer’s reports, election of officers and best plot awards.

Autumn 2018 newsletter

The Autumn newsletter including AGM 2018 details, annual plot inspection, open days, growing tomatoes, recipes and planting tips.

Waiting list

Since 4th June 2008 the Committee has decided to CLOSE the waiting list for the time-being due to unprecedented demand. However, at the 2017 AGM, it was decided to reopen the list from 1st to 15th March 2018 to enrol up to 100 new members. The waiting list is now closed again for the forseeable future.
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Growing crops in winter

Slides from Stephanie Irvine’s AGM 2014 presentation (PDF size 1471kb).

Society history

A brief description of the Society’s foundation.

Plot search

The Society is on the lookout for new sites. If you spot any disused land in Hackney which could be converted into a valuable growing plot, send as much information as possible to our development coordinator who will investigate.