Membership of the association is open to all gardeners whether they are allotment plot holders or not. The membership fee is £6 per year (2022) and includes group membership of the National Allotment Society.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Sunday 6 December 2015

Request for research project on pollinators

We recently received the following request:


I am a researcher at the University of Sussex, studying the effects of wildflowers in allotments and urban gardens upon pollinator populations.

Starting in the spring of 2016 I am running a ‘citizen science’ project, and would like to get keen gardeners involved from all over the UK. I am writing to you to ask if you would kindly be able to distribute the attached flyer to your allotment secretaries/allotment managers/allotment holders? Perhaps it could be put up on an allotment community noticeboard or circulated in a newsletter? Or if you have details for an alternative person I should contact I would also be very grateful!

I have also written a bit about the project below, for your information.

Thank you very much in advance,
With Best Wishes,

About the project:
For more information I have set up a Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/SowWild/ or I can be emailed directly at j.griffiths-lee@sussex.ac.uk.

This is how the project works:

1) You register your interest by 12th Feb 2016 by using the link on the Facebook group 
2) You are sent a project pack, which includes a pack of wildflowers, sampling equipment and detailed instructions.
3) You sow the ‘Sow Wild!’ wildflower seeds in your allotment or garden in Spring 2016.
4) You sample insects in the wildflower patch in summer, using pan traps, and send them back to us.
5) We let you know what is pollinating your garden or allotment!
6) You repeat the sampling in summer 2017.