Of course you don't have
to become a member to help our charity, you can
always make a donation towards our work for the
allotment movement and local communities by
clicking on this 'DONATE NOW' button.
Before submitting your
application, there is a little information about
MEMBERSHIP below - or if you wish to go straight to
our on-line membership application form at the
foot of this page: Click
Any individual of sixteen years of age or over
who wishes to further the aims and objects of
the Aeron Vale Allotments Trust (AVAT - a
registered charity No.
may become a member of AVAT.
Membership of AVAT will be open to all persons
who are eligible and accepted by the board of
charity trustees after completing a membership
application in writing or on-line. The board of trustees
shall retain the right to refuse membership for
whatever reason that they may decide that an
individual is not suitable to become a member of
There are five classes of
AVAT membership, (distinct from trustees). The
classes of membership are as follows:-
members of AVAT
Full membership is only
available to individuals (other than
trustees - who are primary members) who have
accepted an offer to rent an allotment
gardening plot from AVAT. If you wish to
apply for a plot now, then please
click on the green button below. By
applying for a plot you will
automatically become an Affiliate
Member and will not need to send us
an application for Affiliate
Membership from this page.
After the tenancy
agreement is signed by both parties i.e. the
Landlord (AVAT) and the Tenant (the
prospective garden plot holder) the
plot-holder automatically becomes a full member of AVAT.
Full members have the
right to vote at all AVAT member meetings
that are open to all members this does not
include meetings of the charity trustees or
meetings of the board of trustees.
Full members can stand
for election to the Site Management
Committee (S.M.C.) of their site at an A.G.M.
or at an E.G.M. Full members may be co-opted
to a S.M.C. by the board of charity trustees
There will only be one
full member allowed per household. A full
membership fee will be payable by the
plot-holder annually to AVAT. Plot-holders
will also pay rent for their plot. Both plot
rent and membership fee will form part of
the annual subscription to AVAT. Part of the
full membership fee will be used to pay
AVAT’s annual subscription and
insurances etc. to any association or
governing body that AVAT may be an affiliate
of. Subscriptions including plot rents and
membership fees will be reviewed and set by
the charity trustees on an annual basis.
Members of AVAT
Affiliate membership is
open to anyone that wants to have an active
involvement or has an interest in AVAT’s
activities. An annual fee is payable for
affiliate membership at 50% of the cost of
the full membership fee - whatever that may
be set at when affiliate membership is
applied for. Current affiliate membership
is £5.00 per annum.
Partners and helpers of
plot holders will automatically qualify as
affiliate members - if they wish to formally apply,
but there is no obligation to do so.
Affiliate members will be required to pay an
affiliate member’s fee. They can attend and
take an active part in all meetings
for members, but will have no
voting rights at those meetings.
Any partners or helpers
of plot holders will NOT be allowed to
attend meetings unless they have become
affiliate members and have paid the
affiliate membership fee in full up to the
date of the meeting.
Each person who has
submitted a plot tenancy application form
and is added to AVAT’s “waiting list” for an
allotment garden plot automatically becomes
an affiliate member and has to pay an annual
affiliate membership fee for as long as they
remain on the list or until their aggregate
annual affiliate membership becomes equal to
the initial bond required for a plot (see
'Bond' on the page linked to via the
'click here' button above).
If an affiliate member ceases to
pay the affiliate membership fee then it will be
assumed that they no longer wish to rent a
plot and their name will be removed from the
waiting list; their name will also be
removed from any distribution lists etc.
AVAT will inform them of this in
good time before renewal is due.
Affiliate members are
entitled to attend all meetings that are
open to all AVAT’s members. Affiliate
members can take part in discussions but can
not vote at such meetings. Affiliate members
will also receive all AVAT circulars,
memos, newsletters, announcements and any other
information that is generally circulated to
AVAT’s members. They will have access to the
'Members Area' of the trust's web-site.
They will also be given priority
when distributing surplus crops from
the Trust's allotment sites.
Members of AVAT
Group membership will be by
invitation only (e.g. schools etc.). A ‘group’
can consist of group members under the age of
sixteen. Group members under sixteen years of
age will be supervised by a group leader over
sixteen years of age. Groups to be represented
by one individual - nominated or appointed by
the group they represent - at meetings of all
AVAT members. Group member representatives can
not vote at any AVAT meetings. Group members are
not charged a membership fee.
National, international or
local voluntary and non-profit making
organisations, incorporated or unincorporated,
deemed by the board of trustees to be interested
in and conducive to furtherance of the work of
AVAT; such organisations to be represented at
meetings of AVAT members by one individual -
nominated or appointed - by AVAT.
Support members’ representatives can not vote at
any AVAT meetings. Support members are not
charged a membership fee.
AVAT may invite any
individual who has supported the aims of AVAT or
given service to AVAT, to become an independent
member. Independent members will have no voting
rights, but at the discretion of the board of
trustees may be granted voting rights and may
become trustees. Independent members are not
charged a membership fee.