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.
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 2021/22 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.
This year’s AGM was held virtually on ZOOM on 6th October. The minutes are now available with a talk by Vicki Hird, the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports, election of officers, best plot awards and two discussion items.
The Patch A BBC radio programme (registration required) from Wolves Lane allotment.
AllotMe A digital platform to pair anyone with available outdoor space with people seeking to grow their own.
The Spring newsletter with AGM 2020 decisions, what to plant in April, Spring plot inspections, plant health, comfrey and nettle feed, urine as fertilizer, site photos, recipes and 2020 plot awards.
A BBC article investigating the benefits of allotments during the coronavirus pandemic focusing on a 100 plot site in Colchester.
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 Secretary who will investigate.