We care for, and manage, St Ann’s Allotments, one of the largest inner city allotment sites in the world.

It’s also one of the oldest and largest collections of Victorian detached town gardens in the UK – with 670 allotment gardens spread over 75 acres, all just 1.5km away from Nottingham city centre in the heart of St Ann’s.

The allotments are Grade 2* listed and a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. They’re home to a range of 19th century summerhouses, sheds, glasshouses and buildings, as well as rare wildlife, including birds, moths, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies.

History and heritage

The allotment site was established in the 1830s and includes 670 allotment gardens on three connecting sites – Hungerhill Gardens, Stonepit Coppice and Gorsey Close.

The site has been extensively renovated over the last 10 years, thanks to a £4.5 million restoration project delivered by us in partnership with STAA – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, East Midlands Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund and Nottingham City Council.

The project ran from 2007-2017, after a 20-year campaign to save the allotments, which were left largely empty and neglected throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The aim was to conserve and restore the site, improve the gardens as a unique form of social and community heritage and secure their future.

Facilities and features

Today, St Ann’s Allotments are thriving – with a growing waiting list for plots and an exciting range of facilities including a Visitors’ Centre, Community Orchard, display and museum plots and a heritage plant nursery – to propagate and protect the site’s rare historical plants, including 120 species of apple tree and 50 varieties of pear.

In addition, the restoration project saw paths and avenues restored; perimeter fencing, entrance gates and signage improved; allotment plots brought back into use; hedges and trees maintained; and terraces and retaining walls repaired. Plus, a borehole was sunk to provide water; heritage buildings were restored; and site interpretation was added to bring the allotment’s unique history and heritage to life.

Nature and wildlife  

The restoration project included creating conversation areas around the site, providing a ‘green reservoir’ for nature in the heart of urban St Ann’s. Around 60 allotment plots were designated to remain uncultivated and have been developed to provide an abundance of shelter, food and nesting opportunities for wildlife. The wildlife plots now comprise a variety of habitats including gardens, woodland (including hazel, oak and willow coppices), scrub, ponds and wildflower meadows.

Over 59 types of bird have been spotted at the site, including species on red and amber lists of high conservation concern in the UK, as well as 104 species of moth, 18 butterfly species, 9 types of damselfly and dragonfly and 222 different plant species (excluding trees and shrubs).

The management of the designated wildlife areas and hedge planting is sympathetic to the continued support of the six key species identified at the start of the restoration project, including bullfinch, song thrush, smooth newt, midland hawthorn, lady fern and currant clearwing moth, which have made a comeback at the allotments after not being seen in Nottinghamshire for 100 years.

St Ann’s Allotments – the future

You can read the Action Plan on how Hungerhill Developments plan to improve the management, maintenance and development of St Ann’s Allotments over the next ten years here:

Action Plan – St Ann’s Allotments

We will also be sharing the Management and Maintenance Plan as a series of four chapters – breaking it down to give you a chance to digest and ask questions. The first chapter is an Introduction to the Management and Maintenance Plan and you can read it by clicking on the link below:

St Anns Allotments Management and Maintenance Plan – Chapter 1 – Introduction

St Ann’s Allotments Management and Maintenance Plan – Chapter Two – Vision strategic aims

St Ann’s Allotments Management and Maintenance Plan – Chapter Three – Action Plan

St Anns Allotment Management and Maintenance Plan – Chapter Four – Future and How We Get There

If you have any questions about the Action Plan or the chapters of the Management and Maintenance Plan email: allotments@renewaltrust.org.uk

St Anns Allotments Historical Context and Chronology

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How to get an allotment

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for an allotment please complete the Waiting List Application form (the waiting list times are currently around one year to 18 months).

Waiting list application form

We can only offer allotments to Nottingham City residents. If you live outside the city boundaries you will have to contact your local council to find information about allotment letting in your area.

Allotment holder information

St Ann’s Allotment Holders Handbook

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