As of 1st November 2017 York Allotments Charitable Incorporated organisation (YACIO) has taken over the management of 16 allotment sites across York from City of York Council.

How many trustees are there?

Currently there are five trustees who are made up of plot holding volunteers who expressed an interest in holding office at the conclusion of the task force initiative, which began in January 2017. The Charity’s Constitution, which has been ratified by the Charity Commission, proposes that there can be up to nine trustees who can hold a post for up to three years before being put before an Annual General Meeting for re-election or otherwise.

Who are the trustees?

The current volunteer trustees are:

  • Tony Chalcraft (Carr Lane) – Chairperson
  • Colin Smith (Green Lane) – Secretary
  • Lisa Turner (Wigginton Terrace) – Treasurer
  • Simon Wild (Low Moor) – Trustee
  • Adam Myers (Low Moor) – Trustee

How are decisions made about how the Charity will be run?

To begin the process, five trustees (drawn from allotment plot holders) volunteered to put time aside and build a business plan which offers an alternative management structure to that provided by the City of York Council. The trustees have taken advice from a number of sources and have agreed to take up office for a period of up to eighteen months during which time the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held. All members of the charity who are allotment holders will be entitled to attend the AGM and cast a vote on any issues raised. This will include nominating new trustees or re-electing current trustees. The trustees will have responsibility for managing all of the City of York allotment sites but be accountable to members through any resolutions passed at AGMs.

How does someone become a member of the charity?

All paid-up tenants are automatically members of the charitable organisation.

Can I see a copy of the constitution?

You can download a copy of the Charity’s constitution here.

Can I see the meeting minutes?

Yes, the meeting minutes are published on this page.