Dear Plot Holders
and Co-workers,
You are invited to our AGM 
Wednesday 6th April 7.00pm
Wine and snacks provided free

The Brighthelm Centre,
North Road, Brighton
After two years of restrictions we are delighted to announce this year’s AGM! We hope to see as many of you there as possible. Our theme is 'The future of our allotments'. We will be launching our specially commissioned report on the value of allotments (see below) and there will be a panel of Councillors and Council Officers who are responsible for allotments to give their insights and answer questions. Already confirmed are

Councillor Jamie Lloyd
Councillor Nancy Platts
Councillor Robert Nemeth

and from the Council
Rachel Chasseaud
Paul Campbell

All current members of the BHAF committee are standing for re-election at the AGM. Their names and bios can be found here. We have had a new nomination to the BHAF Committee; Ronnie Mair. Please see below for his short bio. Election will take place at the AGM.

Agenda 7-9pm
Chairmans report
Treasurers report
Election of Committee for 22-23
Strategy Update : Paul Campbell
Introduction to 'The Value of Allotments' Report : Jim Mayor
Short Break
Panel Q&A 'The Future of our Allotments'

What is the real value of allotments?

As plot holders we are all aware of how important allotments are not just in terms of producing locally grown food but also in terms of mental and physical wellbeing as well as the significant benefits to the wider environment. But a clear way of showing these benefits in value for money terms was lacking.

The BHAF Committee was also growing increasingly worried about a narrative from some areas of the Council which described allotments as a 'loss making service'. We were concerned that this narrative was slowly becoming accepted and that this might threaten allotments in these times of unprecedented cuts to public finances. 

We decided to commission a study to look at the wider benefits of allotments to the city and to try and put figures on the value of these benefits. 

The study was produced by two local experts in evaluation methodologies. It has established that even on conservative assumptions allotments make a significant contribution to the city’s finances. Far from being a service which loses money allotments actually save the city £385,000 a year.

Needless to say we are very pleased with the conclusions of the report and would like it to be shared as far and wide as possible. The full report and an InfoGraphic can be downloaded from the links below.

The report will provide the main talking point of our AGM this year. We will have a panel of Councillors and Council Officers as well as the BHAF Committee to discuss the report and answer your questions on what it means for 'The Future of Allotments' in our City.


The value of the benefits that allotments bring to the city
If you are on Facebook, please share the infographic from our Facebook page here

Download the full report

Download the InfoGraphic


New nomination to the Committee
My name is Ronnie Mair and I cultivate two plots at the Windmill Hill allotment site and I have been working on my plots for over 30 years. I am self sufficient in compost (using leaf mould, grass cuttings and twigs), which I compost over a year. I have two ponds, which breed natural predators, i.e. frogs, toads and newts, this pond is also a watering hole for small mammals and a breeding ground for hover flies, which as you know are the best pollinators around. 80 percent of my plots are cultivated for food and flowers.
Ronnie is proposed by John Longthorn and seconded by Malcolm Gann, both are plot holders at Windmill Hill.

Notice on BHAF Committee Elections/Re-elections

If you are considering joining the committee feel free to email us and we can arrange an informal chat over the phone to talk about it.

1. If you do wish to put yourself forward for election, please send the following information to by Wednesday 23rd March
A. Your name and which site you are on
B. A short paragraph about yourself and the skills and interests you can offer
C. The names of a proposer and seconder
This information will be shared with BHAF members before the AGM, along with the bios of existing committee members who are standing for re-election.
2. The BHAF Committee is the voice of all plot holders in Brighton and Hove. It is funded from a levy on everyone’s annual rent payments. BHAF works in partnership with the Council Allotment Service to deliver the Allotments Strategy, agreed with Brighton and Hove Council in 2014. It disburses development funds to sites, protects tenants’ rights and works to ensure accountability to plot holders. It holds regular meetings and forums, manages a website and various forms of social media communications and provides advice and support on a wide range of issues. The committee also co-operates with other voluntary organisations and networks across the city on areas of mutual interest such as community outreach, food security and bio-diversity.
The committee meets several times a year, including BHAF forums (evenings only) on an as-needed basis. Committee members also communicate regularly through email. Members need to be able to commit to regular attendance. The committee operates a Code of Conduct which members must agree to before joining the committee. The Committee is GDPR compliant and new members will be briefed on these obligations.
All talents are very welcome. We would particularly appreciate new members with on-line
communication skills, interest in taking forward planned work on diversity and social inclusion and also members from smaller sites.

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