Situated on a hill with sweeping views over London and surrounded by ancient woodland, playing fields, an historic school and a renowned golf course, Grange Lane Allotments are an important resource for its members, for wildlife and for the local community. As well as enjoying the site themselves, members recognise their responsibility to conserve and develop it for future generations.
The soil here is mostly heavy clay. In winter it can be waterlogged and in summer it can be baked and cracked. It takes lots of digging and organic matter to keep the soil workable and productive. Some members take a strictly organic approach but many make limited and careful use of chemicals to control pests and diseases.
Allotments are popular and plots in Grange Lane are in high demand with the consequence that having reached nearly 150 the waiting list has been closed for the time being. By all means add your name when it reopens but bear in mind that keeping an allotment takes a good deal of time and effort, especially in spring/early summer. This level of commitment can be hard to fit into busy lives but if you can do it, a deep sense of satisfaction is guaranteed