Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung, and we have a lot planned for the next couple of months. The allotments are going to be busy, busy, busy…


The Easter holidays are here and there are lots of fun outdoor activities planned at the Community Orchard – see below for details. If you want to keep up-to-date with what’s on at the St Anns Community Orchard, we now have a Facebook page!


Interested in a free willow workshop on Sunday? See details below! Please call to book asap as we won’t be open on Friday and Saturday.


Last month we had our first heritage walk of the season. If you would like to have a guided walk around the site, they take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm until September. Booking is essential and we ask for a suggested donation of £2.

If you would like to get more involved at St Anns Allotments on a regular basis, we’re looking for Urban Nature volunteers! Every Friday 10-2, and one Saturday a month. Contact lucy.kennedy@staa-allotments.org.uk to join in.


We have a new membership scheme for St Anns Allotment gardeners! Membership costs £3 and for an additional £2.25 you’ll be able to join the National Allotment Society, something that would normally cost £23 as an individual member.

What can you expect for your membership? As well as reduced charges to courses and events organised by STAA, we’ll be introducing a number of discount schemes with local organisations starting off with a 10% discount at Brookfields Garden Centre. We’ll also be offering the benefits of collective purchasing on bulk items including seeds, compost and other products. Let us know what your needs are. We’re also exploring the introduction of a tool hire scheme and you can expect an announcement on this during the next few months. Membership of the National Allotment Society will enable you to access the full range of their discounts and special offers. We are planning to hold a welcome event to give new members a chance to collect their cards and ask questions. There will be more details in the next newsletter.


May will be the busiest month at the allotments as we have our Spring Blossom Day on Saturday 10th May and famous photographer Rankin will be coming the week after! We’ll let you know as soon as we have all the details, so watch this space…


Pruning and Grafting Workshops for STAA Allotment Holders

Are you an allotment holder at St Anns Allotments? Would you like to learn how to prune your apple trees and graft yourself a new tree?

Come along to one of our free workshops!

After some basic theory you’ll get the chance to practise your pruning and grafting, supervised by Alice, our fruit-tree expert. Basic tools will be provided but please feel free to bring your own secateurs and gloves. There’ll be some indoor and outdoor activity so dress appropriately and remember your waterproofs!  Bring along some grafting material or choose from a selection of heritage trees grown on the site.Booking is essential. For more details, please see the poster below…


The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

Big BirdwatchThe RSPB are holding their Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. If you could spend an hour on your plots or garden at home during the weekend and count the birds you see, the RSPB would love to hear what species you have seen. For further details please take a look at their website.

If you are an allotment holder at St Anns Allotments, please also let us know what birds you’ve spotted on your plots and we’ll enter it into our wildlife database!


Bring Famous Photographer Rankin to St Anns Allotments!

Cast your vote to ‘win’ world famous photographer Rankin for Nottingham – the man behind portraits of the Queen, Kate Moss and Dove’s ‘Real Women’ campaign.

Rankin 4 Notts

This is an exciting opportunity to bring Rankin to our allotments! If Nottingham wins, he’ll photograph plot holders, volunteers and local people at the allotments. The photographs will then be displayed at a special evening event at the allotments. But it won’t happen without votes!

As many votes as possible are needed to ‘win’ Rankin for Nottingham in a national competition called Connect10. The city is up against fierce competition from Bath, Brighton and Kent.

Voting opens on 14 January and closes on 28 January. You can cast your vote online at:


If you don’t have access to the internet or an email address you can register your vote by calling The Renewal Trust on 0115 911 2011.

To learn more about Rankin and see some of his photos, take a look at hiswebsite.

Help spread the word on Twitter by submitting your own photos of Nottingham using the hashtag #Rankin4Notts and following @Rankin4Notts.

Let’s put St Anns Allotments on the map!


The Great British Garden Revival – The ‘Magical’ Glasshouses of St Anns Allotments

Have you been watching the Great British Garden Revival? We were on last night’s episode, which was dedicated to shrubs and glasshouses. Here’s a picture of Diarmuid Gavin in our Victorian glasshouse!

DG Garden Revival

If you missed the show, take a look at this clip for a tour of Don’s (also known as Pipe Man) glasshouses and to watch Diarmuid Gavin helping volunteers John and Stephen make a cold frame for Oliver’s Heritage Display garden.