Update September 24th 2020- there is a waiting list of around 30 people for plots at Pippenhall. Most new vacancies occur each year during April and May when tenants decide to give their plot up rather than pay another years rent.
Please note that the council will close the list to new applicants once it reaches a certain number of people.
More information is available from the Council's Parks and Open Spaces department on 020 8921 6885 or see the RBG website.
You can apply for an allotment (at Pippenhall or elsewhere within the borough) with the Royal Borough of Greenwich online by clicking here
The site representative is Pat Middleton who can be contacted via the contact form on this website. Alternatively for existing tenants Pat's mobile number can be found on the noticeboard outside the shop at Pippenhall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following a site inspection by the council and representatives of the society the following issues need to be communicated to plotholders:
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.
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.
The allotment shop at Pippenhall is now closed for the winter break. The Royal Borough of Greenwich have informed us we need to remain closed whilst the national lockdown restrictions remain in place. We will be open for collection of pre ordered seed potatoes on two Sundays only in February and as soon as they are available we will set dates for this. Please keep checking the home page for further details.
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.
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
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
We regret that the strimmer is no longer available for hire.
Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
London SE9 2PE
(please do not use this address for correspondence)