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

Allotment Inspection by the council 2018

Following the site inspection by the council on April 18 2018 a number of issues were raised.

Numbering of plots
All plots should show their plot number including A or B where applicable. Some plots still have the original marker stones on the edge of the plot but some of these are no longer visible either because grass has grown over them and not cleared away or they are just missing. Please make sure your plot is numbered.

Dogs
There have been several reports by several plot holders of dogs off of leads and running around the site. Just a reminder that all dogs should be on a lead at all times and on their owners plot.

Grass borders
It is the responsibility of plot holders to maintain and cut the paths between and around their plots. There have been accidents over the years where paths have become overgrown and not maintained making it extremely difficult to walk safely.
Please refer to your tenancy agreement regarding these points.

 

Follow up inspection

This is due to take place shortly to make sure that plots are being worked.

 

Wheelbarrow use


The Green wheelbarrows purchased by Eltham and Avery Hill Garden Society are for plot holders to use who have a key to the storage shed. They must be returned immediately after use and not kept on your plot. If you wish to use a wheelbarrow and don't have a key to the storage shed you can purchase one for £3 from the shop when it is open on a Sunday morning. Keys can only be signed for by the named plot holder.

 

Equipment at Pippenhall

Wheelbarrows:

The society voted at their May 2016 committee meeting to purchase another two heavy duty wheelbarrows for use at Pippenhall allotments. They are now in use.

Please make sure that all wheelbarrows are returned to the storage cupboard after use. They are not to be left outside or on plots overnight. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Motor Mower, Strimmer and Rotavator

Unfortunately these are no longer available for hire due to breakdown and lack of availability of spare parts. Should this situation change we will post a further notice here.

Allotment availability at Pippenhall

Updated 8th October 2017- The waiting list for an allotment on the Pippenhall site has now been closed as it has reached 30 prospective tenants. Those already on the waiting list are being contacted in strict order of rotation by the council to view the available plots. Please note that plot viewings for prospective tenants only take place at weekends. When you call the site representative to arrange this please leave a brief message or send a text and he will contact you as soon as he can to make the necessary arangements.

For further information on getting a plot please contact the Parks and Open Spaces department at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Oxleas Centre, Shooters Hill.

 

More information is available from the Council's Parks and Open Spaces department on 020 8921 6885 or see the council website.

 

 

For details of 2017/18 annual allotments charges and the definition of a 'rod' which is the way allotment sizes are measured please click on Allotment Charges.

 

You can apply for an allotment with the Royal Borough of Greenwich online by clicking here.

Pippenhall site inspection- May 27th 2016

 

Following a site inspection by the council and representatives of the society the following issues need to be communicated to plotholders:

  • all plots must be numbered as per your tenancy agreement. Please can you make sure your plot has it's number clearly visible from the main pathway adjacent to it.
  • Grass paths between plots need to be kept in good order by the tenants of the plots on either side
  • Hosepipes and other equipment must not be left lying on paths or other common areas
  • Tenants who have failed to keep their plot cultivated in a reasonable condition will be issued with a formal  'Notice to Remedy' to get their plot in good order, within a reasonable period of time. A further site inspection will then take place to see that this has happened and if not tenants will be issued with a notice to quit by the council.
  • The council do not expect plots to be weedless but they do expect the plots to be worked and for crops to be grown other than weeds. If you are not able to temporarily look after your plot due to illness, bereavement, etc, please make sure you let the council know and they will take this into account when conducting future site inspections.

Reminder about maintenance of grass paths between plots

Please remember that as per the terms of the tenancy agreement it is your responsibility to maintain (mow) the grass paths between plots and not to block or partially block them.

In May 2013 one tenant suffered a serious ligament injury as a result of tripping on a heavily overgrown path and had to attend the local emergency department for treatment. Subsequently he had to give up his plot as he was no longer able to work it.

Site Representative

The site representative is Graham Farrant, who can be contacted as follows:

At Pippenhall allotments on plot 45B or by e-mail siterep@eahgs.org.uk or his mobile phone number can be found on the notice board outside of the shop or by phoning the Parks and Open Spaces department.

The site rep shows prosepective tenants vacant plots, and liaises with the Council on other site issues as necessary.

 

All other allotment issues should be taken up direct with the Parks and Open Spaces department.

Main Gate at Pippenhall

 

Please can all plotholders make sure that the gate is shut when entering and leaving the site. It has to be shut quite firmly unless you use your key so please double check it is locked before you leave. 

Diamond Jubilee Flower Bed

Pat and David, our trading secretaries, who run the shop at Pippenhall dug a flower bed next to the Shop building to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 of both the EAHGS and HM Queen Elizabeth II.

 

A number of spring bulbs, perennials and three roses have recently been planted to add to the 'Diamond Jubilee' dahlia and bronze fennel.

Allotment shop open for 2018 season

The allotment shop at Pippenhall is now open every Sunday morning between 10am and midday. All the usual products are in stock now.

Seed potato orders will be available for collection from the shop from Sunday 4th March.

New products now available, see shop page for more details

Help Eltham Hill School encourage the next generation of gardeners

Eltham Hill School are turning a spare piece of land into a school garden and fruit and veg growing area and need help to access some funding from the Tesco Bags for Life Scheme this spring.
See how you can help them here

Annual Show Saturday 9th September

Our 65th Annual show was a great success in September. Please click here for more details on the show and a selection of pictures of the event.

Site Security

Please could all tenants make sure the gate is always shut fully after entering or exiting the site and not to let anyone on site who does not have a key for the gate. There have been a number of instances of theft and sheds being broken into in recent weeks and we would ask tenants to report any suspicious activity to both the police and Greenwich council parks and open spaces department.

Multipurpose Compost

Please note that Violet Farm multipurpose compost is no longer available due to the change in peat regulations. We now stock the Rosedale premium professional brand multipurpose compost at £5.25 for a 60 litre bag

Outing to Nymans Garden Tuesday 13th June 2017

Click here for more details

Shop Opening Hours 2017

The Pippenhall allotment shop is now open every Sunday morning until further notice between 10.00am and midday

May 2017 Newsletter

Available to download here soon

Growing Potatoes in bags

One of our members has experimented with growing potatoes in bags over the last two years. Read about his experience and advice to other container growers here

Annual Show 9th September 2017

The 65th annual show will place on the 9th September 2017, further details to follow. The show report for 2016 and a list of trophy winners can be found here. Photos of the 2016 event can be found here

Pippenhall Allotment blog

One of the tenants at Pippenhall has recently started a Pippenhall allotment blog. Have a look for yourself and register if you would like to contribute to this community. Click here to visit the blog

Petrol Strimmer 

We regret that the strimmer is no longer available for hire.

Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society

Pippenhall Allotments
Bexley Road

Eltham
London SE9 2PE

(please do not use this address for correspondence)

 

 

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