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October 2023

The Grange Lane Rescue Hub!

The GLA Committee is working with volunteers from the London Wildlife Trust, Guardians Worldwide and the Dulwich Estate to preserve the oak species from the Dulwich Woods. Some of these ancient oaks are over 500 years old.

Without transplantation, many of the seedlings would succumb to shade and disease in the dense understory. They are being transferred to one of our “wild plots” , to be known as the Grange Lane Rescue Hub, so they can be grown on and planted across the Dulwich Estate in future.  Nic Salazar is leading this project and can be seen on our site at least twice a week.

Sunday July 11th 2021

A ceremony was held to commission a bench in memory of Verney Montoute, who died in July 2020.

He was a member of the committee for many years, took an active role at the site and was known and loved by many.

Sunday April 5th 2020

Our allotments appeared in an article in the Financial Times: Why my allotment is my Covid-19 refuge

Googling Financial Times + the title of the article should get you beyond the FT paywall,

Sunday 3rd November 2019

AGM at the Scout Hut, 10am (provisional)

Sunday 13th October 2019

Tea, Cakes and a talk on composting at the hut

2-4pm. All welcome.

31 January 2019

Interested in leaning how to do seed potatoes from Chelsea Flower Show medal winners? Details of a local weekend event on 9th-10th February can be found here.

26 January 2019

This month, the Dulwich Society has published an article of interest in its magazine: The summer of 2018, and the allotments at Rosendale Road and Grange Lane by Elizabeth Rankin. 

28 Novemeber, 2018

There will be a pre-Christmas social at the Allotment Hut on Sunday 9th December between 2pm and 4pm.

Mince pies, mulled wine and other Christmassy things will be on offer.

All welcome.

16 November, 2018

It’s goodbye from him

As many of you will know, several members of the committee did not stand for re-election at the recent AGM. I was one of them and consequently a new website manager was needed. I am pleased to say that Mark Aeron-Thomas came forward and he will be responsible for the website from now on. He will also be dealing with the Emails to all members sent through MailChimp.

I believe the website is in a much better state than it was when I revamped it a couple of years ago but there is still plenty of room for improvement and I am sure Mark will apply himself to its further development.

8 November, 2018

There will be a social event at the Allotment Hut on Sunday 11th November between 2pm and 4pm.

Tea and cakes are on offer.

All welcome.

7 November, 2018

This month’s This Month has now been published.

14 October, 2018

Click on the link below for the latest installment of Rix Pyke’s GREEN MUSINGS FROM THE GRANGE.

GREEN MUSINGS October 2018

13 October, 2018

The 2018 AGM will be on Sunday 28th October at 10 am at the Scout Hut. A notice of the meeting has already been displayed on the notice boards. The agenda has been sent to members by Email.

If you want to raise anything please do not wait until the AGM.  Let the committe know in advance so that they can be prepared and able to respond. Either email info@grangelane.org  or speak beforehand to the Chair, Nigel Grant, or another member of the Committee.

13 October, 2018

With apologies for its late arrival and even more for missing September’s entry completely, this month’s This Month

10 October, 2018

There will be a social event at the Allotment Hut on Sunday 14th October between 2pm and 4pm.

Tea and cakes are on offer.

All welcome.

4 August, 2018

This month’s This month has just been published

3 August, 2018

Watercolour ‘Open Hut’ Gathering

Dulwich Wood Group is hosting a Watercolour ‘Open Hut’ at the allotment hut on Sunday August 12th

  • Have a go at painting with Liz Butler from 11am.
  • View the group’s work in the afternoon from 2pm.
  • This event replaces the usual hut gathering.

4 July,2018

This month’s This Month has just been published

2 July, 2018

Plant Sale on Sunday, 8 July

As well as the usual delightful company, teas and other drinks there will be another plant sale at the hut gathering on 8 July between 2 – 4 p.m.

Please do come along. All welcome.

Artists on Site

At the hut gathering on 12 August artists who have been painting on the site will be there to show some of their work to members. It’s at the usual time 2 – 4 p.m.

Green Waste BIns

We are fortunate to have these bins on site and it’s important they are used correctly or we may lose them.

  • Don’t put anything in them that you can compost
  • Don’t put general waste in them. They are for green waste only.
  • Don’t put earth in them, including clods of turf.
  • Don’t leave green waste by the side of bins when they are full unless it’s in Southwark brown paper green waste bags (no other bags are allowed).

Remember: Use them, don’t abuse them.

5 June, 2018

If you can spare a few minutes from toiling in the earth why not take yourself to the splendid new picnic table located by the allotment hut? It’s nicely positioned in the shade of nearby trees and would be a good place to eat your lunch.

In case you don’t recognise it or feel afraid you might inadvertently sit at someone else’s table it is shown here from several different angles. So no matter what your direction of approach you will be able to identify it and then sit at it, comfortably.

4 June, 2018

This month’s This Month is now up on the Advice page.

22 May, 2018


In compliance with the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which come into effect on 25 May, the Allotment Committee informs members that the data they provide is used solely for the purpose of allotment business (communications, events and membership renewals) and is not shared with any other organisations or individuals.

15 May, 2018

Pruning Workshop on Friday, 8th June has been CANCELLED

With apologies to all who were looking forward to it, this workshop has had to be cancelled
owing to the experts who were to run it no longer being available on that day.

9 May, 2018

Information for new plotholders

Thanks to  Sarah, our Lettings Manager, all plots on the site are now let and many of the new members are toiling enthusiastically to bring their newly acquired plots back to good order.

To help new members understand their responsibilities Sarah and Jill have produced an information sheet. Members of longer standing may wish to refresh their acquaintance with these responsibilities by reference to the sheet.

8 May, 2018

This month’s This Month is on the Advice page.

2 May, 2018

Many of you will have known Len Moakes who had an allotment here for 54 years and lived nearby with his wife Joan in West Dulwich.

Sadly, Len died on Friday April 27th 2018 aged 95 He described having an allotment in 2008 as “a way of life” and was often on his plot every day.

His standards were very high and many of us have benefited from his advice, gleaned over his many years of growing vegetables and flowers.

He has remained active cultivating the plot until very recently with support from his daughter Glenda and his son Bill. Len’s funeral will be at St Stephen’s Church, College Road at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd May.

If you would like to attend please contact Glenda on 07786557424 or by email at: glenda@g-m-developments.co.uk

19 April, 2018

Look at this photo carefully. What do you see? Yes there’s the usual bits of wood, polythene sacks and other stuff that accumulates on most of our plots. But what’s that in the centre of the image? Could it be – a bird’s nest with eggs in it?

Yes, it could and that’s just what it is: six Robin’s eggs in a Robin’s nest in among the accumulated stuff on a member’s plot.

Check around your plot to see if you have wildlife making their home there. Be especially careful when trimming trees and bushes as well as when moving old pallets and the like.

If you are lucky enough to find a new brood please do your best not to disturb it,

Creatures already have enough to cope with keeping foxes and crows away without having to contend with us humans.

6 April, 2018

Theft of wheelbarrows.

At least three wheelbarrows have been stolen from plots in recent weeks. None have been recovered. In addition, wheelbarrows have been taken from plots, presumably by other plotholders, and then left somewhere else on the site.

Please take the following action to reduce the risk of having your wheelbarrow stolen.

  • Paint your plot number on your wheelbarrow. This makes them less attractive to thieves.
  • If you have room, lock your wheelbarrow in your toolbox. The same goes for all tools.
  • If you must leave your wheelbarrow out in the open chain it to something immovable, or at least something heavy.

Any plot holders who ‘borrow’ a wheelbarrow from another plot without permission will be regarded as having stolen it and subject to immediate eviction.

5 April, 2018

This month’s This month has been posted.

31 March, 2018

Green Musings from the Grange

The Spring edition of Pix Pyke’s popular ‘Green Musings from the Grange’  is all about how to be friendly towards Stag Beetles and Bees. Click here to read it.