The Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation is keen to promote the forming of more Allotment Associations in Brighton and Hove. We are here to represent our members and the best way for us to do that is for our members to form themselves into Associations. We would then become the Federation of these Associations, which is what the Federation historically was and hopefully will be again, to an even greater degree.
Any properly formed association can elect a representative to attend BHAF committee meetings and vote on the issues we address. We already have some Associations in Brighton. RAGS (Roedale Allotment Gardens Society) is 80 years old, and other notably associations include those at The Weald, Tenantry Down, Moulsecoomb and Eastbrook. Its not hard to form an association. All you need is a committed team of 4 or so people and a simple constitution to start it off, and hopefully, in time it will grow into a body that represents the majority of plotholders on your site.
Being in an association has many positive aspects. For example, associations can join the National Society (NSALG) that gives you access to legal advice and support and not least, you can buy supplies from them wholesale, saving over half the price on seeds and other items. Associations can also take an active role in electing your site reps. They can also apply for funding from various bodies. An Association creates a community on a site, which in turn helps with security and the general well being of the site. Associations can open little seed shops and tea huts on saturdays.. They can also help with general maintainance around the site, improving the site for everyone.
Below are some documents we have collected relating to forming Associations. From the simplest (The draft example constitution) penned by our Vice Chairperson Russ Howarth, right up to documents explaining fully formed Associations with a Treasurer and the ability to enter into devolved mangement from the Council.
We hope you find these useful, and maybe inspire you to form an Association on your site if there isnt one, or to join your local Association if there is! To see the benefits of an Association in action, maybe visit Roedale Valley Allotments on a Saturday between 10-2pm to see their tea hut and seed shop and the little Community thats been built there.