New Mills Allotment & Gardening Society manages two allotment sites in New Mills in the High Peak, Derbyshire.
Hard work this allotment business! Clearing the site, planning the patch, getting a shed up and organising a water source…. there is a lot to manage. But, oh the rewards!
Those of our members at our Ollersett Avenue site know only too well how long it takes, but ten years on they are really reaping the benefit of their hard work year on year.
And members who have taken on an allotment at our more recently opened site at Hague Bar remain undaunted by their task! They have been faced with some pretty tough conditions on the former paddock which had not been grazed for several years. It looked quite inviting at first… until they discovered it was covered in a thick mat of very long grass and well established weeds! But nothing ventured….
Our site off Ollersett Avenue was opened in 2005 with 31 plots and our site at Hague Bar was opened in 2010 with 23 plots. Our Hague Bar site also has a polytunnel with 12 small plots available to members.
We have a waiting list for both allotment sites so please contact the waiting list secretary via the contact page if you wish to add your name. Plots will be allocated fairly when they become available. (You do not have to join the society to join the waiting list but you may wish to enjoy the benefits of membership in support of your gardening activities.)
Membership of our society is open to any local resident who loves gardening and we are interested in hearing from any inexperienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills and grow their own vegetables.
Membership is currently £5 a year in addition to rental of an allotment plot which is £30 for the 2019 season.
The society also participates in the National Allotment Society seed scheme to enable members to buy seeds more cheaply than from a garden centre or seed supplier.
Benefits of membership include the opportunity:
- To network with other gardeners,
- To participate in the seed purchasing scheme
- To receive information about events and resources supportive of gardening
- To promote gardening as a healthy living activity,
- To rent an allotment on the sites.
Members who rent an allotment plot sign a tenancy agreement that has a number of conditions to enable safe gardening and consideration for other members. To view the information about the plot tenancy agreement and the polytunnel tenancy agreement click here
Each site has Public Liability insurance. The society is also insured for members and volunteers who are working on general site maintenance but is NOT insured for members who are working on their own plots.
The society inspects members’ plots twice a year to ensure that plots are well cultivated and kept in good condition. For details about plot inspections click here and to view a sample plot inspection form click here.
The society acknowledges funding support from North Derbyshire Voluntary Action, Derbyshire Community Foundation, the Healthy Living Network, New Mills Town Council, Derbyshire County Council and the Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All for development work on the sites.