Links to other websites

This page contains links to other useful websites, including those of

The links on this page were all working on March 11 2017. If you find that a link is broken, please let us know.

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Barnet Allotment Societies

If your society’s website is not listed here, please let us know.

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Horticulture and Allotments

The Allotments Regeneration Initiative was a unique partnership between the National Allotment Society, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation. ARI’s vision was to get more people growing on allotments, on an individual and community basis. The programme ended in 2012 and its website has now closed. During its existence a large number of useful fact sheets were published which gave advice on subjects ranging from fundraising to health and safety, as well as a Good Sites Guide. Some of this very valuable material has now dated, but most of it has not, so the Federation decided to host the documents on this website so that they might continue to be available to all. You will find them by clicking here.

National Allotment Society (formerly known as the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners) is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. It works with government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all. It offers support, guidance and advice to its members and those with an interest in allotment gardening. membership is open to individuals and allotment societies and many Barnet allotment societies are affiliated to it. This link points to particular links and documentation on its site that might be of use to societies.

Royal Horticultural Society The RHS was founded in 1804, and its core objective is to be the world’s leading gardening charity by inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Its charitable purpose is the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches. Societies affiliated to the RHS have access to Insurance cover for Employers’ and Public Liability, Sheds, Equipment, Cups and Trophies, at highly competitive rates.

Garden Organic (formerly known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association) Leading authority in organic gardening techniques and practice. The website is full of useful tips on how to run an allotment organically.

Allotment Garden Articles and advice on allotment gardening, including monthly guides to growing fruit and vegetables, book reviews, recipes and links to many more websites.

All About Allotments provides extensive links to websites relating to allotments, gardening, fruit and vegetables, grow your own, fresh produce, flowers, seeds & garden supplies

GrowVeg offer on their website, free of charge, a wide range of detailed and informative articles and videos on many aspects of fruit and vegetable growing.

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Management and Administration

Public Liability Insurance

This is essential for allotment societies together with employer’s liability insurance which protects the society from claims by its own volunteers. Insurance policies especially adapted for allotment societies are available from two organisations, both of which require insured societies to become members/affiliates.

The National Allotment Society (formerly known as the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners)
O’Dell House, Hunters Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 5JE.
01536 266576,

The Royal Horticultural Society, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PE
020 7821 3069, for general information and here for insurance information.

The Local Government Association

The LGA has published a booklet Growing in the Community about good practice in managing allotments. It can be downloaded free of charge via this link. A supplement to the main booklet A Place to Grow deals with managing existing allotments so as to cut down waiting lists, and bringing new growing spaces into use. It is available to download free of charge via this link.

Since websites move material around from time to time, if these links do not work, go to and search for the titles.

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Grant awarders

Aviva Community Fund
Each year AVIVA offers organisations the chance to compete to secure funding for an important cause in their community. Projects put forward by allotment societies should have a good chance of satisfying the criteria for one of the supported project categories, for example Health and Wellbeing. See for further information including the competition schedule and deadlines for entry.

Awards for All
AfA is the Big Lottery Fund providing easier-to-access smaller grants (up to £10,000) for worthy causes. Some allotment societies have used this to fund toilets and other site improvements.
0345 4102030,,

CommUNITY Barnet
CommUNITY Barnet is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in the Borough. It is free to join for small community groups. CommUNITY Barnet subscribes to a database of grant sources which can be searched by their members by making an appointment and visiting their office.
7th Floor Barnet House, 1255 High Road, London N20 0EJ
020 8364 8400,

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Goods and Services

Links to the websites of companies, people and organisations that supply goods and services to allotment societies can be found on our goods and services page.

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