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 68 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. 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 


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.

Eltham Hill Open Garden in aid of Greenwich and Bexley Hospice Sunday 13th June 2021 2pm tp 6pm

Full details of this event can be found by clicking here

Pippenhall Allotment Shop Open from Sunday 7th March 2021

The shop at Pippenhall is open again every Sunday morning with the following restrictions:



Only shop staff are allowed inside the shop building. This is a requirement by our landlords the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


Masks must be worn.


Customers will need to wait outside the shop while being served and observe social distancing at all times. There can be no admittance inside the shop for any reason.



Please do not come to the shop if you or any of your household are unwell, showing symptoms of Covid or are self isolating.




Thank you all for your co-operation.

Reminder about car use on site at Pippenhall

Please do NOT drive down the centre path at Pippenhall if it’s raining or there has been heavy rain or use the bottom of the site to turn your car round. The path and the ground at the bottom of the site gets extremely wet and flooded as the water drains there.
A plot holder has informed me that lumps of clay/dirt have been placed/left on the bottom path of the site. Please do NOT place anything on the main paths. text box

Mains water  now back on for the season- Toilets remain closed


Please note that the mains water supply at Pippenhall is now turned back on for the growing season.


The toilets are unavailable until further notice. This decision is as a result of the Covid pandemic and has been made by the Royal Borough of Greenwich who own and administer the allotment site. Watch this space for further updates.


Just a reminder that the wheelbarrows are NOT to be taken and used off site. They are for use ON SITE ONLY by those plot holders that have purchased a key to the locker storage shed, not kept on your plot and are to be returned immediately after use. Two have recently been put back in the shed with damaged tyres which now cannot be used until repaired.



Pat Middleton
Site Rep - Pippenhall Allotments


Please see attached this advice from the Royal Borough of Greenwich about bonfires- click on the image to see the full size version

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 on again as the broken tap has been replaced by the council. However the toilets are 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- April 3rd 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.


For NHS information and advice CLICK HERE

Pippenhall Allotments availability- 

There are no vacant plots currently available currently. The council have informed us that there is a waiting list as of Spring 2021.  Please note that all enquiries about allotment availability or joining the waiting list for an allotment should be made with the Royal Borough of Greenwich via their website. We are unable to help with enquiries about allotment availability. Please see the allotments webpage for more information.

Site last updated on June 8th 2021 with details of an Eltham Open Garden event in aid of charity

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