This historical site, established in the early 19th century, covers almost 73 acres in St Ann’s, Nottingham. Many plots had been lost to development, but 679 individual gardens remain on three connected sites: Hungerhills, Stonepit Coppice, and Gorsey Close.
Towards the end of the 20th century several gardens became neglected and overgrown. A group of allotment holders set up an organisation to reverse this decline, and initiated its English Heritage Grade II* listing.
A consortium of organisations based on the allotments worked to seek funding for the restoration project.
Almost £4.5 million is being spent on the basic infrastructure over a two year period, as well as providing enhanced management and services to the allotment holders, and researching and developing outreach work to enhance awareness of the heritage of the site.
The capital works project has seen the restoration of the basic infrastructure, including: enhancing the heritage value and access to the site through improvements and upgrading of the avenues and paths including drainage systems and security to paths and allotment plot gates, repairing historic and creation of new retaining walls, creation of car parks and increased disabled access, provision for recycling, restoration of historic hedgerows and garden plots, improvements to perimeter security and access control, installation of new water infrastructure with borehole supply. In addition training targets have been met through the construction phase.
St Anns, Nottingham
The Renewal Trust Ltd (landlord and accountable body (30 year lease)
St Ann’s Allotments Association (STAA, site managers)
Groundwork Greater Nottingham Ltd (designers and contract managers) Crestra Ltd (the main contractor)
Ecoworks, TANC and NGHA are part of an advisory group which contributes ideas to the management of the site.
Nottingham City Council (landowner) will continue to take an interest in the future of this historic site.
Principal funding is from The Heritage Lottery Fund (£2.4 million), with substantial funding from EMDA, The European Regional Development Fund and Nottingham City Council.