24th July 2019

Amazing news!

St Ann’s Allotments has been selected as a finalist in the 25th Birthday #NationalLottery Awards!

The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards is the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and the people. The Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding. 

VOTING IS NOW OPEN! You could help us win a £10,000 cash prize and appear on a BBC One awards show in November.

Please vote for the allotments to win at or if you’re on Twitter simply tweet #NLAAllotments

Thank you for voting and please encourage your friends and family to do the same!

16th July 2019

We are recruiting a Natural Heritage Engagement Worker, part time (10 hours per week), 1 year fixed term contact (to September 2020).

This is a new post, that will take forward our existing tours and talks programme in new, innovate ways, across our heritage, conservation and horticulture projects on the wonderful St Anns Allotments.

Please see our vacancies page for more information and full details on how to apply

25th June 2019

*New* A Walk on the Wild Side: Orchids

Hidden behind a blue gate is 100’s of tiny orchids

A short walk followed by an outdoors talk about the natural history of St Anns allotments

A short tour around the site exploring the wildlife and nature of the site, ending at our ‘Orchid Orchard’ where we will have refreshments and a short talk about the historical and present wildlife of St Anns Allotments.We will include a short time to explore and photograph the plots, so bring your camera and/or binoculars!

The tour leaves the Ransom Road entrance (Visitors Centre will be closed) at 11am

Saturday 29th June

For this tour, we would prefer booking to be via Eventbrite,  Suggested donation of £5.

15th June 2019

Growing Heritage receives funding from Finnis Scott

Early stages of the Growing Heritage Orchard work

We are thrilled that we have been successful in our funding bid to the Finnis Scott Foundation, to support the development of a ‘Growing Heritage’ Orchard.  Our new orchard will extend our existing Heritage Display Garden, and showcase heritage varieties of fruit trees in espalier and cordon form, as well as a number of our perennials from our previous Growing Heritage project.

The project will run until March 2020, and includes funding towards a Natural Heritage Project Officer to support volunteers, and coordinate visits and workshops on the Orchard.  Thank you to the Finnis Scott Foundation 

Would you like to get involved or find our more?  Contact STAA at 

June 2019

Tours still coming this summer!

One of the original tours?

We continue to run our monthly Heritage tours and welcome bookings.  Each tour is a suggested donation of £5 per person, including refreshments and some mind-boggling history snippets of our unique allotment site from the Victorian period to now.

Each tour leaves the Ransom Road Visitors Centre at 1.30pm.

Wednesday June 26th

Wednesday 31st July

Wednesday 28th July

Wednesday 25th September

Spaces can be booked via or calling 0115 960 2282  (the office is regularly unstaffed so please leave a message)

We also welcome enquiries on group tours and talks

More activities and tours are expected to be announced for later in the summer. Please check back for further information as it arrives!

June 2019


After some technical issues us green fingered folk have struggled to interpret, we have grappled the website into its new format, but bear with us while we repopulate and update all the vital information.  Keep checking back, and also find us on


Twitter: @STAALtd

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Our Winter Newsletter is now out. Click here to view

Last summer…

St Anns in Bloom Open Gardens Tour

Sunday 17th July was our first St Anns in Bloom tour! We saw a selection of gardens which entered into our competition this year, including the lovely garden below on Westminster Close.


See our facebook page for more information (and give us a like!)

St Anns Allotment Competition 2016

Congratulations and well done to everyone who participated in this years competition!

See our Facebook page for details of winners and more photos

This year’s ‘Most Productive’ Winning plot