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.

NEW Membership list re-opens

The waiting list for plots is open for new members between 1st and 29th February 2024.

The Hackney Allotment Society members agreed at the AGM in October 2023 that the waiting list will be re-opened for a limited period to admit up to one hundred new members. The application period will run from 1st and 29th February 2024.

To apply to become a member of Hackney Allotment Society and join the waiting list for a plot, you must be over 18 years old, a resident of the London Borough of Hackney and not already be an allotment plot holder.

The online application form is open for applications from 1st Feb 2024 and after the deadline of 29th February passes, one hundred applications will be randomly selected, offered membership and allocated a numbered place on the waiting list.

Membership of the Society is £4 per annum, renewable on 1st October each year. As a member, you will retain your place on the waiting list, receive regular newsletters, and may attend and vote at the AGM.

How are plots allocated?

Plots are allocated according to the order of the waiting list, taking into consideration any preferences specified in the application. Members are invited to visit the vacant plot prior to acceptance.

The plot rent for 2024 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.

Social media

The Society now has Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) accounts.

Waiting list to re-open

News item from the Hackney Citizen and ecoActive blog item about the waiting list for plots to be re-opened after half a decade.

AGM 2023 minutes

Minutes of AGM held on Tuesday 3 October 2023 with talk by Sophie Verhagen, head grower at Growing Communities, on living without pesticides, chair’s report, treasurer’s report, election of officers, recognition of the work of site reps, revision of the bylaws, best plot awards, water supply issues and a thank you for retiring officers.

Right to grow

Hull to become the first city in Britain to give people a right to grow on unused council land.

Society bylaws

The Society bylaws were amended in September 2023.

Summer 2023 newsletter

The Summer newsletter on call for new officers, pest control, composting, nettle and dandelion recipes, reviving a neglected plot, what to sow and plant in June, site photos and proposed changes to bylaw.

Large rises in allotment rents

Fears huge rent rises in some areas will price many out of UK allotments.

A plot matching website

AllotMe A digital platform to pair anyone with available outdoor space with people seeking to grow their own.

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.