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

Membership benefits

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 DCLG. 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.

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 and click here for the Voice of the Allotments Movement leaflet that lists the member benefits.

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.

“The Society’s legal advisor was invaluable in offering professional advice and help which has now enabled us to now take control of 7 out of 8 allotment sites in Blackpool, and so move to a self-management federation.”

Andy Percival, Blackpool Federation of Allotment Associations.


The Kings Seeds NAS Members Discount Scheme

  • Dedicated members’ seed catalogue with 40% discount on retail seed prices.
  • Discounts for associations that could total an extra 22.5% discount on top of the 40% discount on retail seed prices for all members.
  • No Minimum order for discounts, £5 carriage on orders under £40.
  • Also potatoes, onion sets, soft fruit plants and all your garden sundries at reduced prices.
  • New Association members receive a £5 off voucher.
  • Facility to order on-line.

Kings Seeds have been growing fruit, flower and vegetables seeds for over 120 years. They supply the UKs best known brands and are the National Allotment Society’s official seed partner. Each packet comes with a no-quibble guarantee and Kings Seeds will offer help and advice to all National Allotment Society members.


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.

 


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.


 

Membership gives you access to Bespoke allotment insurance cover through Shield Total Insurance, offering our members a 15% 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, Shield can help you. Each policy taken out will be designed to meet the needs of your group. Members are also welcome to take advantage of Shield’s full range of services at preferential rates – these include caravan, home, car and tent insurance. Call 01277 243 054 for details or click here

For a comprehensive explanation of the levels of public liability cover available from Shield Total Insurance for allotment associations; especially those with self management responsibilities please click here


Members' Retail Discount booklet

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


The services of a horticultural advisor

The National Allotment Society can now offer help and advice on all gardening issues, thanks to its new horticultural expert, Mike Thurlow.


 Free advice book for School members

Schools that join up to The National Allotment Society will receive a free copy of ‘The Expert Vegetable Notebook’ by Dr D G Hessayon, as well as access to the other member benefits.