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.

Best Plot on site 2020 Results!

Best New Plot on site 2020 Results!

Tribute to Key Workers Scarecrow competition 2020 Results!

Thankyou to everyone who took part. If you haven't seen them yet, please do take a wander throughout the site.

National Allotments Week 10 August till 16 August 2020

To celebrate National Allotments Week 10 August till 16 August 2020, we are running a fun competition to find the ‘Best plot’, ‘Best Newcomer plot’ and Best scarecrow tribute to our Key workers’. The judging will take place on Sunday 16th August 2020 between 10am - 2pm and announced on our notice boards, website, emails and Facebook that evening. Please do not congregate around the shop to find out the results, as this defeats the object of doing a socially distanced competition. However, please do wander the site at your leisure during this day.

Summer Newsletter

You can now download our latest newsletter.

Important Notice

Dear fellow allotmenteers, dog walkers and associate members,

Indeed these are unprecedented times! With immediate effect our Sunday allotment shop and refreshments 10am-12 noon will cease until further notice.

The Community Payback team have also ceased operating for now.

Lorraine and David have kindly agreed to sell from the bottom of their plot 64 (onions/shallots) on a Sunday mornings. If anyone wants anything else, they and a few other committee members are happy to go get it and bring it to them. Gayle plot 34, Nigel plot 66, Kevin and Karel plot 44, Ellen plot 9. All involved will wear gloves to protect all concerned and we ask you all to respect social distancing.

In the light of current news we just thought, as a committee, to remind everyone that we can all support each other on the Allotments. If you come down and work on your plot, you can still see others and chat. We are all segregated by our plot boundaries (just don’t get too close to each other over the fence). When walking around the site, getting to and from plots, or just taking a stroll / walking the dog, please leave 2 metres between people you pass. It may help us get through this. Social distancing does not have to mean loneliness.

Be safe everyone.

Virtual hugs

From your Committee

Social Distancing advice

Volunteers required for the tea / coffee and cake Sunday mornings.

Can you help between 9.30am-12.30 noon (at the latest) on a Sunday morning? We need regular volunteers between February-October each year, when the allotment shop is open. Or can you bake cakes? Anyone in the community can be involved in this, from allotment tenants, local dog walkers, to members of the local community who wish to join in and support us. If any volunteers do not have their Food hygiene level 2 certificate, then the allotment association committee are willing to fund an on-line training course for you. Please liaise with team on the Sunday mornings or email Gayle Enion-Farrington, chairperson on Gayle.farrington@btinternet.com for more information.

Liability Insurance Leaflet

Here are parts one and two of a allotment liability insurance leaflet which you might find useful.

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.


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

Please see the link for information regarding bonfires. This has been created by Yacio