Experts and Ambassadors

We are privileged to work with some fantastic allotment, horticulture and food experts who help to share their expertise with our members and help to champion the allotment movement.

Our Patron - HM King Charles III

We are proud to have the support of His Majesty, King Charles III as our Patron. His deep passion for gardening, commitment to environmental causes, and steadfast dedication to preserving the UK's rich traditions make him an invaluable advocate for The National Allotment Society.

David Allison

David Allison is the Horticultural Adviser at The National Allotment Society. 

David has a farming background and is vice chairman of the RHS fruit, vegetable and herb committee and accredited RHS floral judge. He is also Chairman of the Vegetable Trials Forum at the new RHS Gardens at Bridgewater and an accredited National Vegetable Society judge and lecturer - amongst other things!

Erin Baker

Erin Baker is a chef, cookery teacher and food writer based in Stroud. She offers evening, 3 and 5 day courses, private classes and catering. Erin trained as a chef at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Centre in California and for four years was garden-to-kitchen chef for the centre's workshops and events.  She specialises in vegetarian dishes, with a sustainable twist. She takes inspiration from across the globe to create delicious recipes using locally grown seasonal produce. 

Erin has published a book called ‘The Veg Table’ full of delicious seasonal recipes - available to purchase via her website:

Natural Cookery School

Zoe Claymore

Zoe is a RHS multi-award-winning Garden Designer and NAS ambassador. She brings with her a wealth of experience of designing gardens for growing and shares expertise on planning gardening spaces.

She focuses on creating outdoor places with emotional connection and ecological integrity. Zoe won the 2023 Gold Medal, the ‘Best Get Started Garden’ and ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the 2023 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
As well as being NAS Ambassador, Zoe sits on the editorial board of The Garden Design Journal, the Society of Garden Designers publication. She offers garden design, planting design and garden consultation services to clients across the UK.

For more information, take a look at her website

Zoe Claymore

Charles Dowding

Charles is an English horticulturalist and author who has pioneered modern no dig and organic soil management in the UK since 1983.

He is is a long standing supporter of The National Allotment Society and regularly shares his experience in the simple but powerful no dig method of gardening. 

Charles lectures and runs courses on no dig gardening methods, writing for assorted newspapers and the BBC. He is described as the "Guru of No Dig" and has published over ten books on the subject. In 2021 the work was featured at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. 

For more information see his website:

Charles Dowding