WELCOME TO ROEHAMPTON GARDEN SOCIETY

Roehampton Garden Society manage about 230 allotment plots off Doverhouse Road on behalf of Wandsworth Borough Council and also encourage membership from people who might be waiting for an allotment site or have a general interest in Gardening. 

We have 2 allotment sites:

Site 2 is accessed next to 18 The Pleasance, SW15 5HF

and Site 3 is accessed next to 162 Doverhouse Road, SW15 5AR

WHY NOT JOIN US AND/OR ASK TO GO ON THE WAITING LIST?      

email:  root@roehamptonallotments.co.uk or phone or text 07736 422 373

You may like to be added to our ALLOTMENT WAITING LIST (for which you must be a resident of the London Borough of Wandsworth) and/or make use of the benefits of membership, which are as follows:

  • shop in our Store (The Pleasance site) open every Sunday morning from 10 – 12 and Wednesday evenings in April from 6 – 7. You will find horticultural products at excellent competitive prices and a warm welcome! The Store is a community hub where members can share gardening experience and purchase competitively priced, environmentally sustainable products.
  • receive our monthly Bulletin. Full of gardening tips, things to do and dates for your diary.
  • enter our SHOWS. We encourage exhibits of flowers, fruit and vegetables from children, beginners and experts!
  • Dates for 2014: Summer Show: Saturday 14th June 3 – 5  Autumn Show: Saturday 13 September 3 – 5. The Shows are a great social event, with teas and homemade cakes, auction of produce and games for the children.  They are held at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Putney Park Lane.
  • use your membership card to obtain 10% DISCOUNT on goods at the following Garden Centres:  Adrian Hall in Sheen and Capital Gardens (Neals) opposite Wandsworth Prison.
  • Come on our Trips and enjoy visits to gardens and to hear speakers. SEE “DIARY DATES” FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENTS!

MEMBERSHIP COSTS: £3 or £1.50 for over 60′s per year.

              root@roehamptonallotments.co.uk           call or text 07736 422 373


                                        paths                               Site 3 Pub

Water Conservation

WATER CONSERVATION IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE HOWEVER MUCH IT RAINS AND WE MUST PREPARE OURSELVES TO USE LESS WATER IN OUR GARDENS. IT REMAINS “GOOD PRACTICE” WHATEVER THE WEATHER! (and anyway who wants to spend hours with a hose when you can be getting on with more creative tasks)

Below is some useful advice from Wandsworth Borough Council on conserving water.

  • Mulching is key to retaining soil moisture. Applied this spring while the soil is moist, and spread evenly in a 5-10cm layer, to form a protective topping to the soil to hold the moisture in, prevent competing weeds from using water, and stop wind from desiccating soil still further; wherever there is bare ground.
  •  Mulch can be inorganic gravel or chippings, leaf mould, composted bark, mushroom compost, hop manure, cocoa shell, composted sheep’s wool and bracken. These materials have nutritious value and are worked by worms to improve the water-holding consistency of the soil.
  •   Anything you cut down, such as hedge prunings, can be used to mulch.
  •   Do not water in small dribbles frequently; instead, give individual plants a good soak and then mulch.
  •   Water by hand in the evenings as the day is cooling. This allows water to soak into the ground instead of evaporating into the air.
  •   Target the roots, don’t water all the soil surface.
  •   Catch rainwater from a shed roof into a water butt.
  •   Keep the soil free of weeds and sow green manure on any bare patch. They’re fast-growing ground cover and keep moisture in, add fibre as they die off, and retain moisture while nourishing soil.
  • On heavy soil use a swoe (a flat push-and-pull hoe) to loosen the surface soil which will act as a mulch

There is much useful advice on the internet. Here are some quick options -

 

New Planting Calendar

Not sure what you should be doing on your plot right now? Wonder no more. Our month by month guide can be found here.

You can also find topical hints and tips in the Bulletin each month.

COMMUNAL SHREDDER ON SITE 2

The shredder is in the old loo adjacent to The Store on site 2.

Access can be gained with your gate key.

Operating and safety instructions are provided. Please read these carefully before using.

Please wait until your waste is dry – wet waste will clog the shredder! DO NOT SHRED ASPARAGUS FERN!

Users are advised to wear gloves and safety goggles during use. Goggles are provided in the shed. Please replace these and the equipment securely after use.

Thank you.

Please report any problems via the contact us form on the website or to Site 2 sub-committee members (Contact numbers on board).

The RGS Committee

Site security

We are sometimes troubled by trespassers and vandals. The Society is doing all in its power to resolve the problem but needs the help of plot holders. If you see an act of trespass or vandalism in progress please do the following:

o Where possible, use your mobile ‘phone to photograph the perpetrator(s)

o Immediately call 999 or send a text to 18000 to report the incident

o If safe to do so, speak to the perpetrator(s) and elicit name(s) and address(es)

Of significant importance is ensuring that the security gates on all site entranaces are locked at all times. (On Site 3 the second gate at Huntingfield Road is locked to prevent dog soiling and does not provide a security benefit.)

Bees

My sources have provided some info about bees in Putney. So please have a look and let me know if there is anything more you think we could/should be doing to help. If allotmenteers are not fighting for the bees then who will?

Building the site

Great Work by Tom Hancock has enabled this site to become available for the benefit of Roehampton Garden Society Members and others.