What’s new Archive
19 December 2017
The dates of meetings at the hut in 2018 has just been posted on the Events page.
17 December, 2017
Today’s social event at the Hut turned out to be better attended than expected on a cold, wet afternoon. Thanks especially to committee members Jill, Sarah and Peter for the hot drinks and a fire to help keep us warm. Emma managed to buy some very nice mince pies and kindly warmed them for the members present.
12 December, 2017
This month’s This month has been posted.
11 December, 2017
There is a Christmas get together for all members at the allotment hut between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Sunday, 17 December.
Mince pies and mulled wine are on offer.
Do try to come. All are welcome.
But if we don’t see you:
21 November, 2017
Deadline for paying annual rent fast approaching.
Annual rents were due to be paid by 31 October. Most members paid on time but a sizeable number did not. Those who have not yet paid have until 30 November. After that they lose their right to renew and are liable to be evicted.
If you haven’t yet paid and you want to keep your plot please pay immediately; preferably by bank transfer, otherwise by cheque. Details are in the renewal notice sent to all members on 1st October.
When renewing please remember to:
- ensure that your name and plot number are included with bank transfers and cheques.
- complete the annual renewal form and return it by Email or post
- pay fees for all members associated with your plot in addition to rents @ £3 per member
If the required information is not included with payments it is impossible to identify the payee and so these payments will be treated as donations.
Finally, if you don’t intend to renew please notify the membership secretary: email@example.com
12 November, 2017
For some interesting ideas on slugs, hedgehogs, ditches and the like please take a look at Rix Pyke’s contribution in the members’ area.
11 November, 2017
A reminder too that there is a get together for all members at the allotment hut between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Sunday, 19 November.
Members of the committee and line managers will be there to meet plotholders
Tea and coffee will also be on offer but mugs are in short supply so please bring one with you.
10 October, 2017
This month’s This Month is now posted.
2 September, 2017
This year’s AGM will be on Sunday, 22 October at 11.00 in the Scout Hut at the top of Grange Lane.
Members who wish to pay their annual subscription in cash should arrive at 10.30 so that their payment can be taken in good time.
All members are encouraged to come along and take part.
1 September, 2017
This month’s ‘This month’ has just been published on the This Month page.
20 August, 2017
19 August, 2017
Report from Inspection Team
The team has just completed the follow up inspection. Members will be contacted individually about particular matters that have come to light. In the meantime members’ attention is drawn to the following general points:
- Many are looking productive and in good order
- People are using the hut table to redistribute surplus fruit, veg and plants and this is proving successful.
- Those wishing to have people come and help themselves could leave a notice to that effect above the hut table.
- LACK OF PLOT NUMBERS again. Please number top and bottom of plot.
- TWO THIRDS of established plots must be cultivated with a variety of crops.
- NETTING used to protect fruit and brassicas must not cover the whole plot.
- We are committed to improving the paths. In the meantime please ensure the grass on your two paths is regularly cut/strimmed, and are passable with a wheelbarrow.
- is prevalent and spreads quickly. Please burn or remove from site asap. Check on internet for symptoms, or ask knowledgeable neighbours.
- must be dug out or poisoned with a systemic weedkiller.
9 August, 2017
What with it being holiday season n’all there will not be a gathering at the community hut in August. The next one will be on Sunday 17 September 2.00 – 4.00 pm.
8 August, 2017
With apologies for it being late, this month’s This month has been posted.
14 July, 2017
Sunday, July 16 between 2 p.m. and 4p.m. is also the usual monthly coffee gathering at the Community Hut.
Cake contributions always give pleasure.
13 July, 2017
SUNDAY 16 JULY 2.00-4.00 PM At the Hut
Organic plug plants, for autumn/winter crops
Ready for planting in July and August . Make best use of your plot by planting these as you harvest your summer crops, and enjoy fresh greens through the Autumn and Winter months.
- Kale – black and green curly varieties
- Kalibroc – a hybrid cross between kale and broccoli
- Leaf beet
- Lettuces – two varieties
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Pak Choi and
All proceeds to the running of the hut and eco toilets
6 July, 2017
Know anyone who looking for an allotment in Camberwell? See Member’s Notices for information about a project that is offering plots.
5 July, 2017
This month’s ‘This month’ has just been published on the This Month page.
6 June, 2017
This month’s ‘This month’ has just been published on the This Month page.
5 June, 2017
A recent accident on the site highlights the importance of taking proper precautions when using strimmers. On this occasion the twine of the strimmer became entangled with a length of electrical wire hidden in long grass. The wire was spun round at high speed by the strimmer and tore through the operator’s rubber boot causing a very deep cut and partly embedding itself in his leg. He was very shocked and had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital A&E. Fortunately he is recovering well.
To avoid this happening again please follow this advice:
- Check the area to be strimmed before starting work and remove objects that could be dangerous, like wire, stones and glass.
- Protect your lower legs with heavy duty trousers and boots.
- Protect eyes and face with safety glasses or, preferably, a face shield.
- Be aware of people close by and do not endanger them.
4 June, 2017
Allotments Community BBQ Sunday June 18th, 1pm – 3pm
Please join us at the Community Hut for a bring-and-share Sunday Lunch Barbecue on June 18th. Family and friends are welcome.
The barbecues will be up and running by 1pm.
Please bring food and drink for yourselves, plus a little extra to share.
There will be platters, bowls and serving spoons, so please bring salads to fill them. We will supply paper plates, bowls and cups, and disposable spoons and forks. There will be tea and coffee available, too.
Rugs and folding chairs would be helpful, if you can bring them along.
We look forward to seeing you there!
9 May, 2017
Another photographer, Shelagh Roberts FRPS, has kindly allowed us to display some her pictures of fruit and vegetables in our gallery.
5 May, 2017
May’s This month has just been posted.
5 May, 2017
There will be an inspection of all plots in the second week in May. Everyone was sent a copy of the Rules which include the requirements of the Dulwich Estate. Plot holders must take steps to ensure that they comply with the Estate’s requirements and the Rules. Some matters which need particular attention are:-
- Plots must clearly display the plot number at the top and bottom of the plot,
- Only limited structures such as modest sized boxes and coldframes are allowed by the Estate unless special permission is given,
- Permitted structures must be at least one foot from the plot boundary,
- Paths must not be cut into or obstructed by anything on a plot,
- The grass paths surrounding the plot should be mown/ strimmed,
- A range of plants should be grown on each plot
- At least 2/3rds of the plot should be cultivated and weeds kept under control.
11 April, 2017
3 April, 2017
April’s This month has just been posted.
3 April, 2017
Dulwich Estates have informed us that repairs to the sections of Grange Lane affected by water leaks will be undertaken by contractors between 4 – 6 April.
The works will involve kerbs and gullies being re-set on 4th and 5th April. Road re-surfacing will follow on 6 April when single carriageway width restrictions will apply and Stop/Go boards will be operated for the duration of the works.
Members are asked not to park in cordoned off areas and if possible to avoid seeking access on 6th April
2 April, 2017
An open fire lit next to wooden structures and trees got out of control yesterday and burned to ashes an extent of surrounding vegetation. Fortunately the plotholder was able to dowse the fire with water before it took hold of structures but he was aware that he had been lucky and that the damage could have been much worse.
Open fires are strictly forbidden. In dry conditions they can spread with frightening speed and endanger the safety and property of other members.
Please remember that fires may be lit only in metal incinerators.
22 March, 2017
A calendar of events at Grange Lane Allotments for the year ahead has been posted on the events page. More details will be added to the calendar as they become available.
21 March, 2017
There will be a plant sale at the allotments hut on Friday 14 April, 10 a.m -12 p.m .
Please come and buy some plug plants – lettuces, chard, beetroot, leeks, peas and broad beans. They’re all at cost price, from as little as 60p for 5 plug plants, and ready to plant in your plot.
All are organically grown, sourced from a nursery called Delfland in Norfolk.
If there is enough interest, orders will be taken and collated for another bulk order for delivery in May 2017.
Please bring any spare seedlings or other plants you have for donation – and we will sell them on at low cost to others.
All proceeds will go towards the costs of further developing the hut as a facility for all plot holders and the community.
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
5 March, 2017
Apologies to members who have been anxiously awaiting the publication of this month’s This Month before they could get on with any work on their plots. It has now been posted and the way ahead is clear.
17 February, 2017
Do you buy books online? Not just gardening books, any sort of books? Do you buy DVDs, CDs, stationary, computer games, gifts, etc? The chances are that you do and now you can contribute to raising funds for Grange Lane Allotments when you buy any of these items, just by using this link.
The link will take you to Blackwell’s, one of the foremost booksellers in Britain which has prices very similar to Amazon and free delivery over £10. When you buy anything from Blackwell’s using this link 6% of the value of your purchases will be automatically credited to the Grange Lane allotments account.
That’s it! That’s all you have to do. It costs you nothing but it contributes to our funds which are of course used for the benefit of the allotments and its members.
And you don’t have to keep going through the Grange lane website every time for us to get the commission. All you have to do is:
- Click on the link above or here.
- This will take you through to Blackwell’s.
- Check that the URL of the Blackwell’s page you’re on contains the words: Grange Lane
- Bookmark this page.
- That’s it! Every time you click on this Blackwell’s bookmark and buy anything they will automatically pay 6% commission to Grange Lane.
If this works we hope to to negotiate similar commission arrangements with other suppliers. In the meantime, please do think about using Blackwell’s and don’t forget to bookmark the link otherwise they won’t know that you’re buying through us and we won’t get the 6% commission.
12 February, 2017
Good progress has already been made: a very durable rubber covering has been laid on the floor; a number of chairs have been obtained and a donated bench for the verandah has been installed.
As ever though, there is more to be done and we want to involve as many members as possible so that there’s a shared sense of ownership.
We also want you to bring your own ideas about what we should do next. One that has already attracted a lot of support is to bulk buy plug plant to sell on to members at prices much lower than at garden centres.
Finally, we need 4 or more water butts to collect rainwater from the hut roof for planters around the hut. If you have any in good condition please bring them on the 19th.
1 February, 2017
It’s February! Another month has gone by and so there is another exciting edition of This month available for you to read. And if you want to know more about pruning month by month have a look at the very good Bakker.com website for advice
6 January, 2017
Click on the video to see how the community building was put up. In fact it’s not a video, it’s time lapse photography. There’s a prize for anyone who can spot Charlie Chaplin.
5 January, 2017
The community building announced at the AGM and previewed on this website before Christmas is now in place. A team from the suppliers arrived early on Wednesday morning and set to work assembling the prefabricated sections. Jill, Sarah and Peter, the committee members who have been leading on this project, were there to help them. Everything went much to plan and the building was erected in good time.
Jill, Sarah and Peter deserve thanks from all of us for the work they have done to raise funds for the building, make all the plans and preparations for its installation and then to ensure it was put up on schedule.
Of course, there is more still to do: painting, furnishing, planning activities and a host of other things. Please contact email@example.com if you are able to help.
1 January, 2017
Best wishes to all members for a Happy New Year!
The not very exciting tasks and tips for January are now available on the This Month page
11 December, 2016
Line manager details have been updated.
To see a plan of Grange lane Allotments with the location of plots and water tanks please click here.
10 December, 2016
Make it a New Year’s resolutions to help with our new Community Hut!
The construction of the hut in the workshop is complete and it will be erected at Grange Lane on 4 January. Members are invited to come along to help and to bring provisions like hot tea and coffee for yourself and others on site.
Soon after the hut has been put up we shall need volunteers to help with painting, furnishing and organising activities for its use.
If you are able to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org
4 December, 2016
Tasks and tips for December have now been posted on the This Month page.
3 December, 2016
The minutes of the AGM held at the end of October are now available here.
18 November, 2016
Sylvie Goy, a professional photographer has allowed us to exhibit a collection of fascinating night time pictures that she took of Grange lane allotments.
Click here to see the full collection.
4 November, 2016
A highpoint of the AGM held on 30 October was a presentation by Peter Allen on site developments. This included updates on the eco loos, the community building and the new bins for stable manure and bark chips. The presentation also encouraged members to volunteer for a number of working parties that will be needed over the next few months.
3 November, 2016
Tasks and tips for November have now been posted on the This Month page.
31 October, 2016
The Big Lottery Fund tries to live up to its name and sends out big cheques for the grants it awards. Here’s the one they sent us for the new community building being held up by a cheery group of allotmenteers still brimming with happiness after a successful AGM. The only dissent came for the dog who, apparently, is camera shy.
Click on the image to enlarge it.
19 October, 2016
Broad beans, garlic, onion and shallot sets are now available from the allotment shop in Gunsite. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sundays
18 October, 2016
Look here to see and (if you can afford it!) to buy a photo of Grange Lane Allotments in the 1980s. But don’t be tempted to copy it without buying! Getty Images embed code in their photos; they will know what you have done and will send you an invoice.
10 October, 2016
Members will be pleased hear that we have been awarded two grants that will pay for major improvements at Grange Lane Allotments.
Many members have rightly said it is unacceptable that there are no toilets on our site. Thanks to an award of £4500 from Southwark’s Cleaner, Safer, Greener scheme we are now able to remedy this situation.
The award will cover the cost of installing two Eco-toilets. Both will be in appropriately secluded positions that have been approved as technically suitable by the provider who has visited the site. One will be located near the car park at the top, the other will be near the lower gate in a space being cleared.
The toilets are the dry composting type and do not require water. They have a solar powered fan and are said to be smell free. Use of them differs slightly from ordinary toilets and members will need to acquaint themselves with the correct procedure!
More information is available on: www.eco-toilets.co.uk
Awards for All, part of the Big Lottery Fund, has awarded us £9,931 most of which will be used for the erection of a community building. This award is very near the maximum amount of £10,000 available from this fund.
The building will be erected on the ground where the stable manure and chippings are now. It is a timber structure measuring 20ft x 12ft ft with a 6ft covered veranda. The total size including the veranda is 20ft x 18ft. It is important that the building is secure and it comes with strong locks, reinforced double doors and toughened glass windows.
The top Eco-toilet will be located on the wooded side of the new community building.
Bins for manure and chippings
We are looking into the construction of a large bin on the ground where the logs were, for manure, chippings and logs. As well as keeping the manure chippings and logs contained and tidier, the bins will create a barrier for the ditch that runs along the top of the site. This is a requirement of our lease with the Dulwich Estate. The ditch has to be kept clear and free running so that it carries away water from the woods that would otherwise run down and increase the water logging that is already a problem for parts of our site.
We expect the Eco-toilets to be installed by the end of October, the bin construction early November and the community building early in the 2017.
The ground on which the manure and chippings are currently kept has to be cleared so that the foundations for the community building can be laid. Therefore new deliveries of chippings and manure heaps have been relocated to the other side of the gate.
Help by members
Help will be needed to achieve the timetable and members are asked to contribute by:
- Taking chippings and manure only from the original heaps until these have been completely cleared.
- volunteering for specific tasks: please for speak to your line manager or contact email@example.com
- joining a working party that may be needed to help move the remaining manure/chippings heap to allow the hut foundation to be put in place. Another will be needed to prepare the hut for use after it has been installed. ie painting, fitting out etc
28 September, 2016
The Annual General Meeting of the plot holders of Grange Lane Allotments will be held from 10.00am to 11.30am on Sunday 30th October 2016
in the Ismay Room at the Scout Hut, Grange Lane, London SE21 7LH.
Plot renewal forms will be issued in early October. Rent/fee payments can be made from 9.30am to 10am at the Ismay Room, the Scout Hut before the Annual General Meeting.
If you do not receive your renewal forms (mostly by email) by the 21st October, tell us immediately after then by email firstname.lastname@example.org or in a note left in the upper gate postbox or the brick shed.
24 September, 2016
Our neighbours at Gunsite Allotments have problems with drainage and they commissioned water engineers to survey their site and make recommendations. Much of their advice is applicable to Grange lane and has been adapted to our site here. If you want to read the full report on Gunsite itself click here.
21 August, 2016
The plot inspection on 10 August gave rise to concerns that are being taken up with individual members. The inspection also revealed a number of concerns common to many plots. We are bringing these to the attention of all members with a request that those at fault take corrective action right away.
The maximum height allowed for any tree or bush is 2.5m. All branches overhanging paths should be pruned when the plant is dormant, except for plum and bay trees which should only be pruned in early to mid summer.
Bushy willows should be cut to the ground and then either dug out or poisoned. All sapling oaks, ashes and other self seeded trees must be removed immediately
Blackberries are very prolific and their growth must be controlled. After fruiting all fruited canes should be cut to ground and new canes cut to 2-3 ft.
This must be eradicated by cutting back and then either dug out or poisoned.
Paths must be kept strimmed and reinstated to their original width where this has been reduced by planting or structures
Members who are no longer able to tend their plot are asked to give it up voluntarily rather than wait for an enforcement notice. An alternative is to consider downsizing to a half plot.
Either way please contact the letting manager email@example.com to discuss options.
3 June, 2016
A set of keys was found at the top gate on Saturday, 28 May. The owner can contact Nigel on 02087692766 to arrange their return.
30 May, 2016
Plot inspections were conducted during May and a number of plots were identified as not complying with the rules and regulations. Members are being contacted individually about what they should do to put matters right. A report on the inspections, results and further advice will be published when available.