Allotments Regeneration Initiative Factsheets

The Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI) was a consortium led by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and largely funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. During 2010-11 it produced perhaps the largest body of advice for allotment societies on a wide range of topics covering the running of an allotment society and site.

At the end of the initiative and the subsequent closure of its website, it was important to ensure that allotment societies might continue to have access to the ARI’s publications. To that end, the Barnet Allotment Federation offered to make them available from its website.

Please note that these factsheets will not be updated and some of the advice is already outdated and some links to websites are no longer available – but there is still a wealth of useful information.


A Guide to Fundraising for Allotment Associations
Fundraising for Beginners Flowchart
Income Generation
Reducing the Need for Money
An Introduction to Grants
Grant Schemes Relevant to Allotment Projects
Resources – Useful Contacts for Fundraising

Risk and Safety

Health and Safety on Allotments: A Management Guide
Health and Safety on Allotments: All About Risk Assessments
Health and Safety on Allotments: Advice on Activities Requiring Special Management
Allotment Site Hazards Checklist
Sample Allotments Risk Assessments Form
Allotments Risk Assessments Form   This form is in MS Word and is for your use


Gardeners in Charge – A Guide to Devolved Management
Widening the Benefits of Allotments
Allotments for All – Improving Access for People with Disabilities
Plotting the Future – Involving Children, Families and Schools
Project Allotment – A Guide for Groups and Agencies Working on Allotments
Project Allotment – Supplementary Advice
Promote the Plot – Promotional Ideas

Site and People Management

Managing Waiting Lists
Managing Non-Cultivation
Restore the Plot – Tackling Derelict Plots
Safe Sites – Tackling Vandalism and Other Offences – Site Security
Affordable Toilets

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