Welcome to the Hummersknott Allotments Association Limited (AKA KnottyPlots) web site

For the NSALG's guidance on Covid 19 and allotments see www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/.


  • Wash or sanitise your hands

  • Keep at least 2 metres apart

  • Regularly clean hard surfaces and disinfect touched surfaces


Apple sale on 3rd October

Whatever Covid-19 restrictions on physical gatherings of people are applicable must be observed.

Covid-19 restrictions permitting we plan to sell apples, plus other produce if available, at the main gate between 10:00 and 12:00. All proceeds will be shared between Great North Air Ambulance and St Teresa’s Hospice. Unsold produce will be taken to the King’s Church café/foodbank in Whessoe Road.

Important note to members: If you can please pick your unwanted fruit during the week leading up to Friday 2nd October and leave it at the entrance to the lean-to building near the bottom orchard and apiary on Friday 2nd October. Should your apples remain unpicked on the 3rd October and we have not heard from you that you wish to keep them we will assume that it will be in order for committee members and helpers to harvest them for the sale.

As there was no open day this year due to Covid-19 any members who would like to make a financial donation to go to the charities please either contact Jean for how to make a donation or send the treasurer an envelope with your name and APPLE on it.

Product sale generates £570 for charity

What an outcome for our produce sale on the 5th September 2020. £570 is an amazing sum and everyone involved should pat themselves on the back. To those who donated produce and cash, to those who prepared and ran the event and to our customers who came and bought our goodies I extend a big thank you on behalf of the association. The committee agreed a while ago that whatever we made would go to the Great North Air Ambulance and St Teresa’s Hospice. We have now decided to round up the sum to £600, to be shared equally between those two worthy charities.

About us

Hummersknott Allotments Association Limited are a privately allotment society owned by our members and run by a group of volunteers. The allotment site covers 4.42 acres in the Hummersknott / Mowden area of Darlington. The society came into being on the 1st May 1917. Before this the area was the kitchen garden and orchard for Hummersknott Hall. For more about our history please see the "Our History" page.

If you are interested in joining us please see the "Getting an allotment" page.

Remember the birds and bees

Our smaller feathered friends can become trapped in plant netting when looking for food and water recently. Help them by ensuring that yours is fixed securely enough to keep them out and by leaving fruit scraps and dishes of water somewhere easily accessible and away from netting. The bees struggle to find a drink in the dry weather so they could also benefit from dishes of water left out. Remember to put a stone or gravel inside the dish to enable them to walk down to the water with minimal risk of drowning.

About our logo

Our logo is by Lucina (plot 41A). You can see a video of Lucina creating the Knotty Plots mosaic on the Etsy web site at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LuLuMosaics?ref=seller-platform-mcnav. The video is part of the "Video summary" slideshow near the bottom of the page. Please note that you may need to scroll right (or left) until you see it. It is titled "I PRESENT TO YOU KNOTTY PLOTS".