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Nature blog - Jenny Bourne

The RPA Nature blog with Jenny Bourne.

Watch the seasons unfold right here at our very own allotments

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Annual General Meeting 2016

Thursday 17th November

The RPA Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday 17th November – come along from 7.30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start. The AGM will be held again in the Cricket Club and the bar will be open from 7.30.

Any motions for the AGM or nominations to the plotholders’ committee should be submitted by 2nd November. You can either send an email (, use the letterbox in the shed by the gate or hand the motion or nomination to a committee member. Nomination forms will be in the shed by the gate and in the café.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th. Please do come along because we need 40 to be quorate. And the Cricket Club is delightful!

Plotholders’ Committee

PS: The entrance to the Cricket Club is just up Church Grove from the Allotments entrance, next to the Timothy Bennet / Hampton Wick gate into Bushy Park.

Caring for our pumps through the winter

During the first week of November the pumps will be put to bed for the winter and pump team will go into semi-hibernation.

Now is the time for plotholders to top up their tanks thus ensuring that there is plenty of clean water for us to fire up the pumps again next spring.

Please do not interfere with the protective covers once they are in place.

Christmas Cafe

The date of this year’s Christmas Cafe will be Sunday 18th December from 11am to 1pm.

Come along to enjoy hot mulled wine, home-made mince pies and lots of Christmas cheer as well as the usual fresh coffee and cakes.

Grass snakes

Grass snakes

A grass snake has recently been found on our allotments. These snakes are completely harmless.

Grass snakes will use compost heaps or piles of undisturbed plant matter to hibernate (usually October/November to March/April).

If you find one on your plot do not disturb it. If you think you have seen a grass snake on your or a neighbouring plot, please inform a member of the Plotholders’ Committee.

What to do this month

What to do this month

What should you be sowing and planting now?

What crops should be ready for harvesting?

What jobs need doing on your plot?

Find out in our month-by-month calendar of what to do and when.

Your photos

Your photos

Portraits of fellow plotholders proudly displaying their horticultural successes. Inspirational images of nature’s bounty. Or candid shots of the less savoury aspects of allotment life.

Our photo galleries feature all these – and more.

Seed Store cafe welcome sign

Seed Store cafe

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and delicious homemade cakes.
Every Sunday:
11am - 12:30pm

Allotment main entrance - unlocked padlock

Waiting list now open

Do you want to put your name down for a plot? Click here to find out how.

Allotment main entrance opening time

Opening and closing times throughout the year can be found here.