The National Allotment Society - National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd

Membership benefits

The National Allotment Society offers membership to individuals, local allotment associations, schools, local authorities and land owners. Each type of membership offers a host of benefits and support services. Click here to view membership fees. Click here to view the Voice of Allotments leaflet to read more about the benefits of NAS membership.

Allotmenteers Liability Insurance - increased cover May 2020
Initial legal advice
Supportive regional network
Discounted Allotment Association insurance
Quarterly magazine and e-news
Discounted quality seeds and retail discount booklet
Gardening advice


Allotmenteers Liability Insurance is now included in membership for plot-holders of member associations,  life and individual members who enrol, and from May 2020 has increased cover and additional benefits. CLICK HERE to read more. This insurance does not replace the requirement for associations, Councils or landowners to obtain Public Liability Insurance to cover self-management responsibilities, communal areas, site shops, or events and site tours etc


The services of a Regional Representative, Regional Mentor and Regional Panel

Regional Representatives: are members of the management committee of the National Allotment Society and represent the Society in the Region; acting as a liaison between the regional bodies and the Society’s management. The Regional Representatives deal with local member issues and actively promote and encourage membership of the Society. The Regional representatives also offer support to sites under threat of disposal and assist where necessary in the Section 8 Application (allotment disposal) process.

NAS Regional Representatives are supported in their role by the Allotment Mentors and both can offer advice and support around issues such as: • where to go for funding • how to set up an association • taking on devolved management • disability access • different ways to promote your plots • working with community groups • what to do about security concerns • setting up an allotment project. Contact your local representative to find out how you can also work with others to promote allotment gardening at shows and events. Click here to find contact details for your region.


Free initial legal advice from our in-house lawyer

Because allotment gardening is enshrined in legislation, the services of a lawyer can be vital. Our our in-house lawyer and assistant offer initial legal advice on a range of issues e.g. tenancy agreements, leases, land disputes, rent rises, health and safety, environmental, contract and company law and data protection. We can also advise on how to form and run an association, give advice on what to do if your site is under threat and offer help on how to deal with governance disputes.

Where affiliate members contact NAS  regarding legal  issues relating to their Association, we would have a conflict of interest and the member would be informed of this during the conversation, however it would be possible to speak to the Association on behalf of the affiliate member providing we have their agreement.


The Kings Seeds NAS Members Discount Scheme

Each year Kings Seeds produce a special NAS Members catalogue for both individuals and association members. The prices in this catalogue are already discounted by 40% on mail order prices. Further discounts totalling 22.5% are available on Association bulk orders, which can support association activities or be passed on to the association members.

Early Bird Discount (November closing date) – 7.5%
Society Discount – 10%
Large order discount (£750) – 5%
Carriage Free on Association orders over £40.00
Individual members Carriage just £2.00

Facility to order on-line. Also Potatoes, Shallots and Onion Sets at reduced prices.  Plus, you can also purchase soft fruit plants and all your garden sundries at very competitive prices.

Kings Seeds have been supplying top quality seeds to our members for over 15 years and have been growing fruit, flower and vegetables seeds for over 125 years. As one of the country's leading seed wholesalers, Kings offer a no-quibble guarantee on all orders placed. They also offer free help and advice to all National Allotment Society members. No answering machines at Kings all calls are answered by real people during normal working hours.


The Allotment and Leisure Gardener magazine

The magazine is full of gardening advice, horticultural news and information from around the regions. Members’ articles and letters are welcomed for publication.The ALG is posted out to members quarterly; Allotment Associations and Societies receive 1 copy per 10 members, although association members can subscribe in order to get their own copy, £10 for 4 issues. The magazine can also be read on-line in the members area of the website.

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Individual subscriptions for association members.

Subscribe to the Allotment and Leisure gardener magazine and get your own copy direct to your door. No more waiting for the National Allotment Society magazine to be passed round your fellow plot-holders, get a nice clean copy all to yourself – for just £10 a year! Non-members can subscribe for £15 per annum.

Click here for a subscription form.

 


Discounts on Lantra Training courses

We are now a training provider in partnership with Lantra, one of the leading awarding bodies for land-based industries in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  NAS receive substantial discounts on course that we provide together. CLICK HERE for details of the first course - Responsible and Effective Control of Commensal Rodents that is being delivered at various venues around the regions and on-line.


Quarterly e-newsletter, members' website area and facebook page

You will receive an e-newsletter from the Society in between the quarterly print magazines. The e-news contains members notices, competitions, reminders and general allotment related news. The members area on the website contains a link to a digital copy of the magazine, a facility to order Kings seeds on-line and members only information. The facebook page is a dynamic source of information and comment.


Allotment Association Insurance

Membership gives you access to Bespoke allotment insurance cover through Chris Knott Insurance, offering our members a 25% discount on all policies taken out. Whether your association needs public liability insurance, cover for your trading hut or a policy which covers for theft of money going missing, Chris Knott can help you. Each policy taken out will be designed to meet the needs of your group.  Allotment Association Insurance is very affordable - starting at just £65 for the year.

For a comprehensive explanation of the levels of public liability cover available from Chris Knott Insurance for allotment associations; especially those with self management responsibilities please  call 01424 205001 - a direct line into our Allotments team or email allotments@chrisknott.co.uk


Members' Retail Discounts

Click on the link for a look at our  member discounts page, where you will find our member offers


The services of a horticultural advisor

Got a growing dilemma? 

We are now pleased to be able to tell you that we have a new Horticultural Advisor to answer your questions. Aaron Hickman is Head Gardener at a large private estate in Yorkshire.  Aaron also works as a stand in ‘gardening expert’ of BBC Radio Leeds, gives private talks and lectures and advises  members of the public at the Harrogate Flower Shows. Aaron has a special interest and fascination with the tools, techniques and tenacity of the Victorian and Edwardian gardens and gardeners, with a deep interest in the running of traditional walled kitchen gardens.

Send in your queries to natsoc@nsalg.org.uk and we will forward to Aaron.


School members

Schools that join up to The National Allotment Society will receive the quarterly magazine, a FSC "Gardening for Primary Schools" leaflet, a sowing and harvesting planner, a selection of Kings Seeds and access to the Kings discounted seeds scheme.


Wills service from Buckles Solicitors

Buckles Solicitors it is offering National Allotment Society members a discounted rate of up to 25% off its wills and lasting power of attorney services. Appointments can be carried out face to face, over the phone or via an online application form and webcam based meeting. All paper work is fully checked by the team at Buckles, ensuring accuracy and providing peace of mind to all of our members. To find out more visit www.buckles-law.co.uk/wills or email Duncan Jackson, Head of Private Client Services - duncan.jackson@buckles-law.co.uk


The National Allotment Society is the only UK wide organisation which fights for the rights and interests of allotment holders across the country. As a membership organisation it is our job to represent the views of our members on a national level, and as such we are in regular contact with the media, NGOs, environmental charities and Government departments, including DEFRA and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). We also work to raise awareness of the social, cultural, heritage and health benefits of the allotment movement and its relevance to wider environmental issues. Through our role as a consultee on Section 8 Orders, the Society works to ensure statutory allotment sites are not disposed of unfairly and that local authorities uphold their duty to provide allotment land.  We couldn’t carry out this vital work without your support— so thank you.