The Gardens Come to Town

During February St Anns Allotments, Nottingham’s unique Heritage Gardens, are coming to Arnold Library.
Come and learn about the history of the site and about the vibrant community of the past and present. Our display will be held at the gallery in the library.

As Mo Cooper, STAA’s Heritage Officer, explains “We don’t get many visitors to the allotments during the winter months, so we thought we’d take our gardens out to the community so people can learn more about our history and how the gardens are used today. – They can then come and visit us in the Spring or Summer”.
Join us for the launch with our popular ‘Victorian Tea Party’ at the library on Tuesday 2nd February, 4pm- 6pm.
Free cup of tea for anyone in Victorian dress.
Venue details and opening times see


January 26, 2016 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Christmas Holiday

The office and Visitor Centre will close at 1pm Thursday 24th December. We will reopen on Monday 4th January 2016


Happy Holidays!!

December 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Community Orchard activity day

The next Community Orchard ACTIVITY DAY is Sunday 20th September, 11-4pm
Come and relax and explore this beautiful site. Pick delicious, juicy blackberries and enjoy some soup round the fire. Outdoor event – so dress for the weather!

September 16, 2015 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day 2015

Saturday 12th September

Victorian Tea Party
Best dressed Victorian competition
Open gardens
Plant sales
Children’s entertainment

Thursday 10th September Guided Walk 1.30pm

Friday 11th September Guided Walk 1.30pm

September 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

dig for history

With financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and professional support from Trent & Peak Archaeology we are now launching our ‘Dig for History’ Project at the historical St Anns Allotments site in inner city Nottingham.

Our project will run from April 2015 for a year and includes:
o Setting up a GIS database to record information
o An excavation of 19th C well system
o A series of community based excavations in individual gardens

Mo Cooper, Heritage Officer, said “This is going to be a really exciting community archaeology project, and we are encouraging our gardeners and the local community to get involved and learn about what’s under our feet. Gardeners have already found tiny china dolls and old tools, but we know the land has been used for 700 years – so hopefully we can find some older items – the skeleton of a dead king would be good! In fact we have found a stone with the words ‘Locksley’ engraved on it, probably a joke but you never know!”

Anyone interested in being involved with project should contact Mo Cooper, on 0115 958 9255 or

April 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

2015 opening for visitors

From April 2015 we are open to visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 – 4pm. Opportunities to walk the lanes of the gardens, visit the Visitor Centre and have a cup of tea, visit the Heritage Garden.

Come and see us!!!

March 31, 2015 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

tours for 2015 start

we started our heritage tours today. we went for a walk and popped in on Charlie then on to the Heritage Garden. Nice cool sunny weather. Fancy joining us? we’ll be running the tours the last Saturday of the month – start 1.30pm from visitor centre

March 31, 2015 at 11:26 am 2 comments

The Gardens come to town – Exhibition at Central Library

In January 2015 St Anns Allotments, Nottingham unique Heritage Gardens, are coming to Floor 1 Exhibition Area, Nottingham Central Library.

Immerse yourself in the history of the gardens and learn more about their use today through a series of exhibitions and free events during January.

There will also be a series of talks and activities, as well as a chance to see the photographs taken by international photographer RANKIN upon his visit to the allotments in May.  All information can be found on the flyer below: flyerLibrary Opening hours:

Mon-Thurs  9.30-7.00
Fri                9.30- 5.30
Sat                9.00-4.00

For more information contact STAA on 0115 958 9255, or email


December 24, 2014 at 9:28 am Leave a comment


it’s the AGM next month, open to all STAA members

121 Ransom Road
1. Apologies for absence.
2. Minutes of STAA AGM 2013.
3. To receive The Report and Accounts for the year to 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014.
4. Election of the Management Committee.
5. Appointment and Fixing of the Independent Examiner’s Remuneration.
6. Allocation of Surplus.
7. Resolutions received:
a. New STAA objectives;
b. Consideration of amendments to Articles of Association (if any are brought forward);
c. To consider any other resolutions received seven days prior to the AGM.
8. Any Other Business that may be properly conducted at the AGM.
You must be a STAA member to attend the AGM (unless otherwise invited by the Management Committee) and to speak and/ or vote on any item.
If you wish to move a formal resolution at the AGM it must be received in writing seven clear days before the date of the meeting. You must then attend the meeting to present the resolution or propose that someone presents it on your behalf.
After the formal business of the AGM there will be a visit to the Communi

October 29, 2014 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

An Escape from the Office

STAA staff, trustees and volunteers have been on two learning events in recent days.

On Tuesday 30th September a group of nine staff and trustees visited Hill Holt Wood in Lincolnshire. This was made possible thanks to a grant from Locality through their Knowledge and Skills Exchange. Hill Holt Wood is a social enterprise with its base in an ancient Lincolnshire woodland. Although somewhat different to a large allotment site in St Anns, there are many similarities between the two organisations and our respective sites which we were able to explore. We received a warm welcome and introductory presentation from Nigel and his team. We then broke for lunch, followed by an afternoon tour of the woods and training areas before catching the bus back to Nottingham. We left with plenty to ponder about how we can make better use of the allotment visitor centre and generating potential future income streams.

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Afternoon tour of the wood.

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Allotment gardeners walking around the kitchen garden at Hill Holt Wood.

On Wednesday 1st October, Michael took a small group of our heritage display garden volunteers to have a look round the walled garden at Clumber Park. The idea was to take inspiration from the ornamental borders, vegetable beds and orchards and see what ideas we could bring back to Oliver’s Plot. The sun shone as if it were midsummer and the gardens still looked great for so late in the year. The long herbaceous borders were in full bloom and buzzing with insects. We were particularly impressed by the national collections of local apple varieties and rhubarb. There may be some tweaks to Oliver’s Plot as a result of the visit – come back and visit STAA in 2015 to see if you can spot them!

2014-10-01 Clumber Park Visit

A step over apple tree

2014-10-01 Clumber Park Visit 2

Victorian lantern cloches, seakale together with forcing pots, and trained peach trees.

October 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

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