About the allotments

The layout of the allotments has changed little over the years, with a high perimeter wall on the north side and wrought iron fence on the other sides giving a reasonable level of security, and brick buildings providing useful growing and storage accommodation. Individual buildings are not allowed but a wooden pavilion and a summer house complement the other communal structures, offering shelter and storage.There are fruit trees throughout the site and in orchards at the eastern and western ends; many of the trees are ancient, although generally productive, and new ones have planted in the orchards. Bees were reintroduced to the allotments in the spring of 2011 and are being managed by three members been who are being trained and mentored by the local branch of the British Beekeepers' Association.

In recent years the association has been successful in securing funding for a number of projects, including £4,500 from Grassroots at County Durham Foundation to replace the crumbling cast iron water piping during the winter of 2008/09, £7,926 from the Big Lottery Fund for a Kazubaloo composting toilet with wheelchair access in 2010 and £1,720 from the Big Lottery Fund for replacement gates at the main entrance in 2011. Members contributed a total of £2,300 to facilitate the purchase of materials for the water system in advance of the funding grant and restoration of the paths which were dug up. Two raised beds for physically disabled gardeners have been financed by the association at over £500 each.

Events and subscriptions are kept low, but income is augmented by proceeds from Open Day sales of refreshments and produce, along with raffles, to such an extent that donations have been made to local charities. Like all successful allotments associations Hummersknott relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to administer, maintain and develop its amenity.