Our Team

Charity Trustees

Angus Hanton

An allotment holder in the 1980s and active gardener since then, Angus has helped set up the community gardens at Bell House in Dulwich where a group of gardeners manage two acres of gardens including extensive vegetable gardens with bees and vines. He has built up a network of allotment experts and managers who are keen to help with the Green Allotments charity and who have helped to formulate practical ideas. Beyond this, Angus has been an active buyer of land for over 30 years and is, therefore, very aware of the issues relating to finding and purchasing land.

Harriet Lamb CBE

Harriet Lamb CBE is an experienced leader of charities addressing social and environmental issues. Her work has included supporting nature-based solutions to the climate crisis and people’s need for healthy food and for green space in which to spend time, of which Green Allotments can be a vital part. She has experience of supporting community groups and of engaging local authorities to support local community solutions, as well of managing charities. A green gardener herself, she is and has been a trustee of a number of charities including of a vegetable box scheme buying from local community gardens.

Helen Boome

Staff

CEO: Dr Deborah Burn PhD

Deborah is co-author of the Local Government Association’s good practice guide for the management of allotments “Growing in the Community”. She has worked for a national project to increase the popularity of allotments (2003-2011) and earned a PhD for her research into informal social cooperation without incentives amongst allotment gardeners. Deb worked as Research and Development Officer for The National Allotment Society before moving to Green Allotments in early 2024. She has been an allotment gardener since 1995 and has served as chair of a devolved management allotment association.

Project Co-ordinator (North): Sarah Stephenson MSc

Sarah is passionate about building community-powered food systems and making simple changes to how we grow, buy and consume food to better transform the UK food system. Sarah’s motivation to increase the provision of allotments in high-demand, urban areas stems from her struggle to access a public allotment plot. Sarah experienced the pleasures of having an allotment during her studies – benefitting from access to her university campus allotments. Post-university, however, she faced a seven-year waiting list to gain access to a public plot.

Outside of allotments, Sarah is an experienced Environmental Consultant working with various UK and international charities, organisations and governments. Her work involves leading environmental research projects, often involving large-scale stakeholder engagement exercises with stakeholders across multiple sectors. While on the waiting list for an allotment, Sarah volunteered as a Market Garden Assistant at an organic, no-dig farm in Edinburgh, practising regenerative agriculture and strong community values.

Volunteer Advisors

Alan Marsh

Coming from a photography background, where he has spent spent years focussing on items of food amongst other things, Alan then discovered the world of allotments. He is particularly interested in the position allotments have within the food-growing movement which is flourishing at the moment, and how they can be harnessed more.

Having been lucky enough to get a plot on a site in Lewisham, South-East London, Alan’s attention was turned to their organisation and management as well as his evident experience of day-to-day enjoyment. It was not long before Alan was invited to join a newly formed regional National Allotment Society committee, where he is a committed and enthusiastic contributor. So, armed with valuable experience and those insights acquired, together with energy and enthusiasm, he is happy to share this wherever he finds it useful to do so.

Neill Angier