Until 1991 the allotments in Ely were run on the traditional 'local authority' model by the City Council who provide the land. In an early example of 'localism' it was decided that the allotments would be better served by having their own organisation and the ‘City of Ely Allotments Association’ was formed to manage the sites on behalf of the City Council. On 1 October 2018 the Association merged with the Ely and District Horticultural Society to form the City of Ely Allotments and Gardens Association.
The Association is run by a voluntary committee consisting of representatives from each of the allotment sites plus the City Council. The officers of the committee are elected at an Annual General Meeting of all plot holders, where rents are set and other management business is conducted. The site reps perform the day to day running of the sites, including letting plots to tenants, keeping the waiting list and generally ensuring the sites are in good order.
The annual Awards Evening is an opportunity to recognise the hard work put in by plotholders when trophies are presented for a variety of classes, expert and novice alike, based on the deliberations of an independent expert judge.
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