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: email@example.com
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 2013: Summer Show: Saturday 15th June 3 – 5 Autumn Show: Saturday 14 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, Wimbledon Gardener on Merton Road and Capital Gardens (Neals) opposite Wandsworth Prison.
- Come on our Trips and enjoy visits to gardens and to hear speakers.
MEMBERSHIP COSTS: £3 or £1.50 for over 60′s per year.
FOLLOWING SUCH A WET PERIOD AS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN 2012 YOU MAY FIND IT STRANGE THAT WE OFFER ADVICE ON WATER USE.
HOWEVER WATER CONSERVATION IS STILL 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 -
Not sure what you should be doing on your plot right now? Wonder no more. Our month by month guide can be found here.
A quick note from out sponsors!!!! Vegetableseeds.net are offering a 10% discount to all allotment growers. Just use the discount code: AD706. They have also donated some seed to RGS so please check them out.
Hotham Primary School is looking for winter veg plants for the planters in their playground. Mrs Walker (Reception teacher) has taken charge and is looking for help, advice and plants.
This is a great way for children to learn where their food really comes and hopefully have some fun growing their own veg at the same time.
If you have any plants going spare leave them outside the shed on site 2 and I’ll pick them up. If you feel like helping out further (especially if you are a Hotham parent) contact me via the website.
Tom Hancock (Plot 9, 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!
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.
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
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 0774 777590 0r 020 8721 2760 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.)
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?
Great Work by Tom Hancock has enabled this site to become available for the benefit of Roehampton Garden Society Members and others.