Updated 24.3.2020

First of all, thank you for all of your support during these difficult times.  We appreciate your assistance and patience while we all adapt to this rapidly changing situation.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday there have been many enquiries about whether we can all still work on our allotments and whether this is essential.

Yes, you can still go to work on your allotment.  

Michael Gove confirmed this morning that people are allowed to work on their allotments, providing that they maintain the current social distancing rules.  This means that:

 You must ensure that you have washed your hands/used hand sanitiser/are wearing gloves before touching any gates, locks and taps.

– You must not mix households. Please maintain at least 2m between yourself and others.

– You must only work on your plot, please do not have any social gatherings. 

If you are driving to your allotment please consider parking further apart, if this is feasible, to minimise the risks of contact with others.

 If you will not be able to work your allotment during this time please do let us know.  We may be able to arrange assistance but this idea is still in the planning stages.

YACIO is keeping as up to date as possible as the situation develops but please do follow any current government advice in the first instance as this will be the most up to date as the situation changes.

Please do your part to keep all allotment holders safe and well.

York’s Allotment Heritage

We are delighted to be able to share this document, produced by Prof Ross Wilson, currently of Nottingham University, on the subject of the history of the allotments in York.  There is a wealth of information here about many of our sites, as well as other non-YACIO sites, many of which are still in existence.

Thank you to Prof Wilson for allowing us to share this with you all:

York’s Allotment Heritage – Ross Wilson

NSALG Discounts

As YACIO is a member of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG)  from time to time they publish discounts available to all members.  Click here to view the booklet.


Free Trees!

A new hedgerow for wildlife?


The Woodland Trust are offering Free Trees for schools and communities. 


Please link to their website for further information…..



Hempland Lane Allotment Summer Fair

Sunday 14th July 2019

10.00am – 3.00pm

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Join our annual Summer Fete, as part of our Centenary Celebrations in our newly created Community area, ‘Hempland Haven’, car park area allotment shop.

Free event for all association members and the local community.  Bringing our community together, sharing successes and failures of the season so far and friendship and laughter over a BBQ and a few drinks!

BBQ (bring your own items to sizzle, but don’t worry if you forget as some can be purchased on the day). Salads, bread rolls, sauces will be provided.

All proceeds raised on the day, are put back into the maintenance of the allotment site, for the benefit of all who work on the site and walk through it.

Please note that there will be no on-site car parking available, during the event

Please see below for more details of classes and events:

Summer fair 2019

Low Moor Community Kids’ Allotment Vacancies

Low Moor Allotments Community Kid’s Allotment is located at the bottom of Kilburn Road, just by the allotment car park.  The Kid’s Allotment has been running for 15 years and has received many awards.  It is organised by volunteers and the sessions are staffed by these volunteers and parents on a rota.

There are currently 12 members, aged between 6 and 12 years and sessions run weekly on a Saturday morning from 10am til 12noon between March and the end of October.  Members pay £1 per session.

During  the session the children are helped to garden the allotment: growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Whilst work has to be done, they make it fun! Produce is shared out after harvesting and brought home.

This year there are a number of vacancies for new members.  For more information or to register your child’s interest please contact Angela Johnson: