What is STAA?
STAA was set up by a small group of plotholders in the 1990’s at a time when St Anns Allotments were in poor condition and serious decline. Over many years we worked with others to campaign for improvements and to safeguard our amazing site. This eventually led to the ‘St Anns Allotments Restoration Project’ which from 2008 was largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and saw a programme of capital works across the site and put in place many of the things we’d been campaigning for.
STAA also works to promote the allotments, encouraging people to take on a plot themselves or to visit the site. We research the history of the allotments, conserve fruit trees, create wildlife areas, and run successful projects like the Community Orchard. From 2008 to 2017 we were responsible for the day to day management and maintenance of the site (a role which has now been taken up by Hungerhill Developments Ltd).
We are a charity and not-for-profit company, and while we employ a number of paid members of staff our work also relies on volunteers – including those who make up our Management Committee. The Committee is elected by the membership of STAA at our AGM. All plotholders on site can become members of the organisation.
Please take a look around our website to find out more about the work of STAA and the allotments.