Welcome to the Website of Harborne Hill Allotments


Growing Tips


An Edgbaston allotment site with about 100 tenants, bordered by Nursery,Yateley, Harborne and Kingscote Roads, with the Chad Brook flowing through the middle of it.

The site is leased from the Calthorpe Estate by Birmingham City Council. The Main Gate is on Nursery Road opposite Chad Valley School. Interest in Allotments has fluctuated over the years, during the two World Wars and immediately after there was great interest, in the office of MacPhersons, the dealer of electrical goods in Clarence Road there is an aerial photograph of the area showing that this site was immaculate, clean plots, straight rows of vegetables and hardly a weed in sight, it was probably taken in the mid 70s. The site slipped some time after that , and some plots became derelict, however great strides have been made in recent years, most plots are taken and are cultivated to a high standard.

There is a good mix of young and mature tenants from ten different countries. There is an Harborne Hill Allotment Association with an elected Committee, there is a Management Agreement with Birmingham City Council, over recent years the Association has had to take on more responsibility for the running of the site plus they want the allotments to pay for themselves. There are regular Committee Meetings with published Minutes plus an Annual General Meeting.

What's Buzzing?

Harborne Hill is home to a thriving bee population.

To view their progress click here.


New Plotholders

If you have just taken on a plot or are thinking of taking on a plot visit our new plotholder area for information and advice.

Notes from The Veg Patch

Plotholder Helen Stallard blogs about growing, cooking and eating with the seasons.

Contact us


Visit us

The site is situated off Nursery Road
Harborne Birmingham B15 3LA

The office is open on Sundays between 11 and 12.

Our Website

While the primary aim of our site is to inform our existing and potential plotholders, we hope that it may be of interest to the wider public.

To contact us regarding this site email:



This site has an extensive list of web links relating to allotments, gardening, fruit & vegetables, grow your own, fresh produce, flowers, seeds & garden supplies.

New Plots

We have a waiting list of over 50 for new plots.

Our waiting list is currently closed.


The Bob Nichol Birmingham Iris Collection

Bob Nichol grew Tall Bearded Iris on the Harborne Hill allotment site from about 1970 until shortly before his death in 1996.

He was a judge for the British Iris
Society, won many prizes on the show bench for his iris, (including in Florence at an international competition) and was well respected amongst iris breeders here and in America.

A couple of our older plotholders do remember Bob and his flowers.

Plotholder Sue Griffith is now bringing back some of Bob’s iris to the allotment site.

To read Sue's winter update click here.

Seed Potatoes

These are now in stock.