A very warm welcome to our website.  We are a small but very active and friendly group of allotment holders based on the Hempland Lane site in York, North Yorkshire.  This website is run by volunteers so please be patient awaiting updates. If you have an idea for an article, or have pictures you would like us to include in the gallery then please get in touch using the contact links.

New Community Area / Easy Access Area Revamp

You can now download a document showing some ideas for a new community area / easy access area revamp.

Mailing List Changes

We will be removing the contents of our email lists shortly to comply with new regulations regarding privacy. If you wish you can resubscribe via the Contacts Us page but please only resubscribe after the 5th May.

Spring Newsletter

You can now download our spring newsletter.

Definition of an Allotment?

An allotment garden (British), often called simply an allotment, or a community garden (North America) is a plot of land made available for individual, non-commercial gardening or growing food plants. Such plots are formed by subdividing a piece of land into a few or up to several hundred land parcels that are assigned to individuals or families. Such parcels are cultivated individually, contrary to other community garden types where the entire area is tended collectively by a group of people. In countries that do not use the term allotment (garden), a community garden can refer to individual small garden plots as well as to a single, large piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. The term victory garden is also still sometimes used, especially when a community garden dates back to World War I or II.

The individual size of a parcel typically suits the needs of a family, and often the plots include a shed for tools and shelter, and sometimes a hut for seasonal or weekend accommodation. The individual gardeners are usually organized in an allotment association, which leases or is granted the land from an owner who may be a public, private or ecclesiastical entity, and who usually stipulates that it be only used for gardening (i.e. growing vegetables, fruits and flowers), but not for permanent residential purposes. The gardeners have to pay a small membership fee to the association, and have to abide by the corresponding constitution.

In 1904 there were about 20,000 allotment gardens in Denmark, 6,000 of them were in Copenhagen. During the interwar years the number of allotment gardens grew rapidly. In 2001 the number of allotment gardens was estimated to be about 62,120.

The first allotments ("dachas") in Russia began to appear during the reign of Peter the Great in the late 16th Century. Initially they were small estates in the country, which were given to loyal vassals by the Tsar. In archaic Russian, the word dacha means something given. – In the case of Hempland this could be Ground Elder, Mares Tail, Couch Grass, Brambles or Bindweed, or I am I just being sarcastic?

Nigel Collinson, Plot 66, Committee - Secretary

York Allotments Charitable Incorporated Organisation

As of 1st November 2017 York Allotments Charitable Incorporated organisation (YACIO) has taken over the management of 16 allotment sites across York from City of York Council.

How many trustees are there?

Currently there are five trustees who are made up of plot holding volunteers who expressed an interest in holding office at the conclusion of the task force initiative, which began in January 2017. The Charity’s Constitution, which has been ratified by the Charity Commission, proposes that there can be up to nine trustees who can hold a post for up to three years before being put before an Annual General Meeting for re-election or otherwise.

Who are the trustees?

The current volunteer trustees are:

How are decisions made about how the Charity will be run?

To begin the process, five trustees (drawn from allotment plot holders) volunteered to put time aside and build a business plan which offers an alternative management structure to that provided by the City of York Council. The trustees have taken advice from a number of sources and have agreed to take up office for a period of up to eighteen months during which time the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held. All members of the charity who are allotment holders will be entitled to attend the AGM and cast a vote on any issues raised. This will include nominating new trustees or re-electing current trustees. The trustees will have responsibility for managing all of the City of York allotment sites but be accountable to members through any resolutions passed at AGMs.

York Allotments

Sponsor a Sleeper on the Easy Access Plots

Many thanks to the following people who have already helped by sponsoring a sleeper for £20, it is very much appreciated!

In addition, our thanks to Smith & Nephew who have made a generous donated towards sponsoring sleepers for the next bed to be rebuilt.

Manure

We are now having to pay for the manure that is delivered to our site. Please note that any "donations" will be very gratefully received at the shop on Sunday mornings or can be given to any member of the committee. The manure is provided for association members so if you have not joined you can do so for only £5.00 in the shop as well.

Lock that gate!

Please make sure that, if there are no vehicles in the car park when you leave the site, you lock the gate. This makes it so much more difficult for thieves who might drive onto the car park and it also reduces the likelihood of fly-tipping which has been on the increase recently.

Important Notice Regarding BonFires

See below advice regarding bonfires and leaflet

With the start of Spring, the Environmental Protection Unit is receiving a number of complaints regarding bonfires from people on their allotments. We ask for allotment holders to try and put themselves in the shoes of residents neighbouring the allotment. Remember that although this might be the first bonfire you have had on your allotment this year, other allotment holders may have had a bonfire already this year and the cumulative effect of numerous bonfires from different plots can have a significant effect on people living nearby. If you are thinking about having a bonfire please consider:

Should the Environmental Protection Unit receive smoke complaints they will be investigated. If a statutory nuisance is found and the person responsible doesn’t comply with the officers then legal action can be taken which ultimately could result in a Magistrates Court summons and a fine of up to £5,000. Any incidents which cause a nuisance will be reported to the allotments officer who may consider it a breach of the allotment tenancy.