Benefits of Membership

The Association has three types of Membership grade:


As a Member you can:

  • Vote at General Meetings of the Association and have your say in how the Association and the site is run
  • Become a Tenant and rent an allotment plot from the Association
  • Be considered to take on the Tenancy of a family member's plot in the event of their death
  • Be issued with a site key - £25 deposit required
  • Walk around the site unsupervised
  • Purchase items from our Shop in person or online at

We would encourage anyone who is a regular visitor to site to become a Member.

The fee for this grade is £5 per calendar year. However, at the moment we are in the process of changing our Membership and Tenancy year to begin in October. Therefore, the membership fee is currently £3.75.

You can easily become a Member by completing the forms and paying £3.75 using our secure signup page at


As an Associate you can:

The fee for this grade is £1. Membership Agreement forms are available from the Shop.

Corporate Member

We are very lucky to have a number of local business partners without whom many of the projects the Association has completed in recent years would have taken longer, cost more or simply would have not started. If your organisation is interested in becoming a Corporate Member please email corporate [at]


International Recognition

We are very proud to see our Growing Academy feature in the latest publication of The Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux, a union of the national allotment and leisure garden federations from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.


Congratulations G F Tomlinson

The phenomenal contribution that G F Tomlinson have made to our allotment community has contributed to them being recognised as a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

CSR Accreditation is a nationally recognised body that awards Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditations to businesses that can demonstrate a positive impact on society through areas such as social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns.

Recognised as being on the highest end of the scale, G F Tomlinson was awarded the Gold standard in the CSR Accreditation’s judging criteria, and since 2013, G F Tomlinson has followed a refined social value policy, ensuring its activities are in accordance with the Social Value Act 2012.

For more details see

Congratulations G F Tomlinson, so very well deserved.

SHOP UPDATE: Seed and Potato Orders + Click & Collect

Because of the current restrictions and the desire to keep ALL ARDAA Members as safe as possible the ARDAA Shop will only be operating a Click & Collect service from 13th February 2021, until further notice. 

Click & Collect will be the only way to access the Shop until the national lockdown ends and Covid restrictions ease. We will provide more details when there is more clarity around the situation. 

Click & Collect
Click & Collect will now be available through the Online Shop. To purchase items please click on the link, select your items and pay online, ready for collection. 

The ARDAA Shop holds a wide range of goods including: Farmyard Manure, Grow Organic, Compost, Soil Aggregates, Perlite & Vermiculite, Netting as well as a wide range of seeds. You can access the Click & Collect Online Shop here as well as via the Website and the Facebook page. 

All payments are made online, at the time of order, with credit/debit card and all orders must be placed before 1pm on Friday for collection on Saturday that week. Orders placed after that time will be available for collection the following Saturday. 

You will need to collect your order on the first Saturday following the placement of your order, between 11am and 1pm. No additions to your original order will be allowed at the time of collection and no purchases can be made on the day. 

The reason for this is to limit the exposure of our volunteers and allow time to process orders ready for collection. 

Please ensure that you maintain a 2m social distance when collecting your orders 

Potato Orders
We have now heard from our supplier and the Potato Orders will be available for collection on 13th February 2021 between 11am and 1pmNOTE There is no frost proof storage at the allotments so the Association cannot be held responsible for any potato orders not collected on time.  

Two varieties of the potato crop have completely failed and won’t be available this year. They are Lady Christl and Winston. However, there are very similar varieties, Acord and Casablanca respectively, which the supplier has confirmed are virtually the same. We have accepted these as replacements since there seems to be a national shortage of seed potatoes. If you’d rather not accept the replacements, we will refund your money for the varieties unavailable.   

Kings Seed Orders
The Kings Seed Order for the Association is currently processing.  As you my be aware the company has been under extreme pressure with unprecedented demand on top of limitations caused by COVID restrictions. This has led to them having to close orders completely for the general public on several occasions. 

Please rest assured we will notify members as soon as the seed orders arrive. However, we are unable to give, any more information or a timescale as to when this will be, as this is dictated by the supplier Kings Seeds.  

When the seeds orders arrive, they will be available for collection during the Click & Collect hours of 11am to 1pm on Saturdays from the Allotment Shop.

Lockdown - Coronavirus

To keep everyone as safe as possible during these difficult times, please follow these basic rules:

  • When touching any community item such as the gate lock, toilet door handle, well pumps, etc – wash your hands or wear disposable gloves.
  • Stay a safe distance from each other, a minimum of 2 metres.
  • You can only visit your plot with members of your household, support bubble or one other person
  • The same national lockdown rules apply inside these gates as outside.  Anyone caught in breach of these rules risk having their tenancy terminated.

We’re all in this together, let’s come out of it together.  Stay safe and stay well.

National Garden Scheme 2021

We are thrilled and delighted to announce that our beautiful allotments will be supporting the National Garden Scheme in 2021 on Saturday 1st May and 24th July. The first Derby City Council site to achieve such an accolade and allowing us the opportunity to support other charities doing what we love - plotting on plots (and talking!) 😍

COVID-19 Guidance November 2020

We are now in lockdown again. Whilst we are allowed to visit our allotments please ensure you follow the same rules as apply outside the gate.

  • You must only visit your plot with people from your household, support bubble or one other person from outside your household
  • Please stay at home if you are experiencing Covid 19 symptoms or have been told to self-isolate
  • Always use gloves or sanitise your hands when opening and closing the gate, using the toilet, or using any of the communal facilities, pumps, etc
  • Other than accessing your plot or the toilets please remain on your plot and refrain from walking around site
  • If you wish to use the shop, please note we are now operating a click and collect service. We are unable to serve you unless you have followed this method so please don’t complain it’s the only way we can remain operational
  • If you will be absent from your plot because of COVID-19 (or any other reason) please let the Secretary know otherwise we assume you have given up or don’t care


Thank you

Green Flag Community Award

For the third year in succession, we are proud to announce we will be flying the much coveted Green Flag on site as we have been awarded with a Green Flag Community Award.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

We are one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020, of which very few allotments have been recognised.

We would not be recognised but for the passion, commitment, time and energy that our fabulous volunteers give freely to the Association and its community.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to both this award and the continuing success of our allotment site.

Glass Skip For Members

Do you have broken or unwanted glass on your plot?

Between Thurs 15th October and Sun 18th October there will be a GLASS skip on site for all members to use.

Please note, the skip is for GLASS disposal only. Do not place any other items in the skip.

Thank you

Please be community minded, let’s work together! Anyone abusing this facility may have their tenancy terminated.