Ashford & District Smallholders has managed the Chattern Hill allotment site for over 100 years. Previously registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as an Industrial & Provident Society, the society became a Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative & Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (FCA registration no. 5580R).
The society is run by a management committee elected from members of the society. The committee meets once a month to deal with the day-to-day running of the site, and to resolve any problems.
The society's Annual General Meeting takes place once a year, usually in March, to elect officers and committee for the coming year, to approve the accounts for the previous year, and to discuss any matters of concern.
We expect our members to comply with a range of rules & policies, which are intended to promote the wellbeing and safety of everyone on site, and to maintain good neighbourly relations. We also carry out regular plot inspections to identify any plots that are not being cultivated to an acceptable standard, and any safety hazards.
Our site trading hut and toilet were rebuilt in 2018, with the aid of a Spelthorne Council grant. The new trading hut serves as both an on-site shop and a venue for meetings and social get-togethers.
Our shop (for members only) is open most Sunday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. It sells a range of gardening essentials such as composts, bamboo canes, fertilisers and weedkillers.
With some 150 members spread across an 8-acre site, it’s difficult to meet and get to know everyone. We therefore organise social events for members and their families in the summer and autumn, as well as occasional coffee mornings.
Our society is affiliated to the National Allotment Society (NSALG). Benefits of affiliation include allotment insurance at a reduced price and free legal advice. Members can also order seeds and plants from the Kings Seeds/NSALG catalogue at discounted prices, and receive free personal liability insurance.