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The Renewal Trust

The History

The 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 15 years, thanks to an initial £4.5 million restoration project delivered by us in partnership with other local groups – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, East Midlands Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund and Nottingham City Council.

A window with a view to an allotment plot
A window with a view to an allotment plot

The project ran from 2007 to 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 and secure their future.

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. A borehole was also sunk to provide water; heritage buildings were restored; and site interpretation was added to bring the allotment’s unique history and heritage to life.

More recently the site has benefited from a further Heritage Resilience grant from Heritage Lottery to develop a 10 year Management and Maintenance Plan, Business Plan and explore Future Possibilities for the site.