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PLOTHOLDER NEWS FROM STAA

This News page of the STAA website gives information for plotholders on site. Please see our ‘Events and Activities’ page if you want to find out more about our open days and tours, activity days at the Community Orchard, and other public events.

 

Activities and office move

The end of 2017 saw a major change for STAA and the St Anns allotments. After 10 years of managing and maintaining the site we decided we could no longer continue to do this on the reduced funding available, and so that role has now been taken up by our landlords Hungerhill Developments Ltd (HDL).

STAA moved out of the allotment Centre and we now have an office on Hungerhill Road, but most of our work continues to be out on site. We still run a range of projects like the Community Orchard, The Nursery, Urban Nature, and Olivers Plot, along with site tours and open days.

There have also been some changes with STAA staff. Most of those involved with site tenancies and maintenance transferred over to HDL in the new year, and we now have a new co-ordinator: Jo Lees. Sam Ward has joined us on maternity cover for Lucy Kennedy – and congratulations to Lucy on the birth of her second child!

Because we have fewer staff overall, we’re not able to keep the office open every day, and it’s best to phone or email first if you need to contact us. 0115 9602282 or info@staa-allotments.org.uk

Campaign Work and Membership

STAA was set up by plotholders campaigning to save and improve the site, and that work continues in 2018. We think it’s part of our role to act as a ‘gardener’s voice’ and to speak up if there are problems on site or if we think plotholders aren’t getting a fair deal. We can’t get involved in every concern or complaint but do let us know if you’re having problems so we can get a picture of what’s happening on site. We’ll be meeting with HDL to find out their plans now they are managing and maintaining the allotments, and we hope we can work with them to bring in resources for repairs and improvements.

One key issue for 2018 has already come up: Nottingham City Council have published proposals on the future funding of allotments in Nottingham. The bottom line is that the Council plan to cut all the money it spends on allotments and expects all costs to be covered by the rents. This would mean rents would have to be tripled or go up by even more. St Anns allotments are still owened by the City Council and a large part of the money needed to look after the site has come from them. STAA believes that if the proposals go ahead they’ll be a massive threat to St Anns and all other allotments across Nottingham. We’re trying to find out more about the proposals and what HDL plan to do, and we’ll start to publicise this in the next few weeks. Watch this space!

Supporting the campaign work is one good reason to be a member of STAA – and this year membership is free. You’ll also get discounts on seeds, tool hire, local garden centre and plant sales. All plotholders at Hungerhills, Stonepit Coppice, and Gorsey Gardens can become a member of STAA. Please contact info@staa-allotments.org.uk for a membership form. If you’re a plotholder but don’t want to be a member you can still be on our contacts list and have the STAA Gardeners Bulletin and other information sent to you direct.