Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society

Welcome to the Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society website

 

We were founded 66 years ago by local residents, including our late Chairman and President, Charles Strangwige, to promote gardening and allotment activity in the Avery Hill and Eltham Park areas and we are still going strong today. Many of our members are tenants at Pippenhall allotments on the Bexley Road and other local allotment sites.

 

We organise various events throughout the year and run a shop selling a range of popular garden products at discounted prices, most of which are substantially cheaper than DIY stores or local garden centres. The shop is open every Sunday morning at Pippenhall Allotments- see the shop section for more details or better still pop along on a Sunday morning to see for yourself.

 

If you would like to know more about us, or would like to join please get in touch using the contact form or call in to the shop one Sunday morning.

 

We look forward to meeting you soon.

 

The website is under continual development so if you have any ideas or would like to contribute please get in touch using the contact form or e-mail graham@eahgs.org.uk Thank you.

Important: Use of allotments during Coronavirus lockdown

I have received the notice below from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Please read carefully and follow this guidance if you are intending to visit your allotment at Pippenhall . I have been informed that there may be further updates so please regularly check the website and the noticeboard at Pippemhall.


Please note the water has been turned off again at Pippenhall due to a faulty tap. It is awaiting repair by the council. The toilets are also out of use until further notice.


Please be respectful and considerate of your fellow plot holders and keep safe by observing all social distancing requirements.


Thank you
Pat Middleton
Site Rep- March 28th 2020

 

 

Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, we are consulting with central government but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, to take daily exercise on their own or with members of your household. It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager.  Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.

We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important.  Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.

Members should take the following precautionary measures :

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  • DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart CLICK HERE for guidance
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • We recommend that all communal facilities are closed
  • Click here for guidance if you do need to clean an area that has been visited by an infected person.

Shops - those Associations who operate shops should close or put an on-line scheme in place. Where goods are ordered by email, payment is electronic and goods are placed out for collection. CLICK HERE for an example

  • If you have livestock on the site and must visit  twice a day, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock, based on what is happening in other countries you may  eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.
  • Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

I know many Associations have taken decisions to cancel plot inspections, seed swaps, association trips and annual judging; scheduled Committee meetings and AGM’s should also be postponed.  It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government.

It would be a good idea for Associations to give out a telephone or email address for anyone with problems to allow contact. Perhaps a Buddy System that provided weeding and watering assistance on the plots  of gardeners who cannot get to the plot due to long term self isolation could be set up.

All group NAS meetings were cancelled following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and will be reviewed on the 30th June 2020. This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff remains our number one priority.

We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.

Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis at this link.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For NHS information and advice CLICK HERE

Allotment Shop Closure

In view of the current situation a decision as been taken to close the allotment shop at Pippenhall with immediate effect until further notice. Unfortunately we are not able to deliver or offer online shopping at this time.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check here and on the noticeboard outside at the shop for details of when we will re-open. Thank you.

Mains water turned off again- March 28th 2020

 

Please note that the mains water supply at Pippenhall has had to turned off again due to a fault with one of the taps. It has been reported to the council and once it has been repaired we will post another notice here.

 

Please note that the toilets are unavailable until further notice. When they are operational a further notice will be posted on the website and the noticeboard at Pippenhall. 
 

 

Pat Middleton
Site Rep - Pippenhall Allotments

 

Annual General Meeting Friday 27th March 2020 Holy Trinity Church Hall- Postponed

Please note that in line with recent Government recommendations the society had to postpone the AGM scheduled for Friday 27th March. Once there is clarity on when it will be safe to reinstate public meetings we will announce a new date here.

Pippenhall Allotments availability- 

Please see the allotments webpage for more information.

Site last updated on 28th March 2020

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