St Ann’s Allotments wins funding to grow its future
We’re pleased to announce that St Ann’s Allotments has been awarded £67,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help preserve the site and its unique heritage, wildlife and social benefits for future generations of local people.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will fund a new project called ‘St Ann’s Allotments: Growing a Sustainable Future.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will build on the success of the £4.5m restoration and conservation programme at St Ann’s Allotments, which ran from 2008-2016 after a 20-year-long campaign to save the site, which was left largely empty and neglected throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The restoration and conservation programme was led by us in partnership with STAA, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, East Midlands Development Agency, ERDF and Nottingham City Council.
Our new project aims to protect and enhance the work done to date at St Ann’s Allotments, by planning for the future and looking ahead to the next 20 years. Cherry Underwood, our CEO, explains:
“Thanks to the restoration and conservation programme completed in 2016, St Ann’s Allotments is thriving. We have a growing waiting list for plots and the site has an exciting range of facilities, including a Visitors’ Centre and Community Orchard, together with display and museum plots.
Now it’s essential we make sure that all the hard work done during the restoration and conservation programme can grow and be sustained for future generations, especially given the uncertain economic times the UK is living through.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, we’ll be able to plan ahead and set out what’s needed to maintain and preserve St Ann’s Allotments and its assets over the next 20 years for gardeners, local communities, visitors and Nottingham as a whole.
St Ann’s is more than just an allotment site, it’s also an important green space, community resource, visitor destination, habitat for rare plants and wildlife and a living piece of social heritage and history – all just 1.5km away from Nottingham city centre.”
What have we got planned?
As part of the Growing a Sustainable Future project, we will:
- Review and update the Heritage Assessment carried out as part of the restoration and conservation programme, to make sure the site’s heritage assets continue to be maintained and preserved for future generations.
- Review and update the Management and Maintenance Plan (MMP) for the site and develop a new 10-year business plan based on the current and future needs of the site and its users – including gardeners, community groups and visitors.
- Explore innovative approaches to fundraising for the future, so we can continue to invest in the site for years to come.
- Develop a Site Partnership Forum to build on the relationships with community organisations that already use the allotments – to share best practice, work collaboratively and ensure the site continues to be a resilient, diverse, vibrant green space for local people and communities.
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