National Allotments Week

Help us to celebrate National Allotments Week
National Allotments Week, Covid19 and Aminopyralid
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Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing - 10 to 16 August 2020

Still lots of time to enter our National Allotments Week Competition - tell us your  Allotment Story 

  • “What my allotment means to me” for individuals (14 years upwards)- non-members free NAS membership plus £50
  • “The history of our site” or “Our site’s projects and plans for the future” for associations - non-members free association membership up to the value of £200
  • “ What I grow at the allotment” for children (up to 14 years)- £50 prize

We are asking for short mobile phone videos or storyboards (slides on a powerpoint or even illustrations) We are not looking for Oscar Winners, just stories that illustrate how much our members love their plots! Click Here for more details. Deadline 31 July

Here's an example made a member of NAS staff

COVID19 and allotments

We hope that you have been able to enjoy your plots during the Corona virus emergency. It has certainly raised the public profile of allotments significantly. The Society ran a small survey during the lock-down and 40% of the councils canvassed reported that their waiting lists had rocketed, by 500% in one borough. 

Government restrictions have relaxed in the past few days but we feel that it is important to note that the recent lock-down has only suppressed the virus, it has not gone away. The Society would like to appeal to the allotment community to continue to take precautions to limit social contact on allotments and ensure good hygiene practices are followed.
CLICK HERE to read guidance from the NAS

Many allotment sites are looking better than ever due to plot-holders having more time to tend their plots and help with site maintenance. The community orchard at NAS Members Binley Woods in the West Midlands has been given some much needed TLC, thoroughly weeded, a new weed suppressing membrane put down and fresh bark applied.  


Aminopyralid Contamination

If you have concerns that your commercial compost or manure was contaminated with Aminipyralid herbicide, resulting in crops showing weak or stunted growth. Please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Emails should also be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., headed “Aminopyralid contamination”.

Along with the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to protect allotments for future generations NAS Individual members receive:

A free quarterly magazine and e-newsletter
Personal gardening advice
Discounted seeds from Kings Seeds
Growing advice from the National Allotment Society

 CLICK HERE for jobs you could be doing on your plot in July.

Just got your plot? Our website has lots of advice for beginners, including a leaflet that will help you plan out and design your new plot.

How to Plan an Allotment
We are the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK; working with government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to promote and preserve allotments for all. We offer support, guidance and advice to our members and all those with an interest in allotment gardening.
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