24 acres of allotments on the sunny south side of Crystal Palace hill. A place of peaceful quiet in which individuals from all over the world work their own plots and enjoy the crops which they grow. We have a wildlife conservation area based around an ancient pond. We also have an area specially adopted for use by disabled gardeners. We have a small hall which is popular with the local community as a venue for childrens parties and can be used by other groups. Electricity is generated by a wind turbine on the site which is often visited by school parties and other groups who wish to learn about wind generation.
We are very community oriented in that for the last twenty years we have only accepted plotholders who live within two km from the site and give preference for plots to those who live within one Km. We only provide services to our own members but non plotholders can join the society for a subscription of £2 per year. Six hundred or so of our neighbours think it is worthwhile to be a member. Our distribution centre/shop is as well stocked as a small garden centre and usually cheaper. We do not sell allotment produce, most plotholders seem to have vast extended families so surpluses are rare. We sell honey from our beekeepers and in season thousands of plants raised by volunteers.
Facilities: Volunteering, Shop, Community space for hire, Picnic area, Wildlife area
Open to the public?Yes
Open to the public - details: Variable opening hours/pre-arranged visits/events or open days only
Details of livestock and rare breeds kept:
Ten beekeepers on site.
Main entrance is at junction of Spa Hill, Northwood Road and Howberry Road.
Bus service 450 passes gate (use Howberry Road stop). Nearest Stations Thornton Heath and Crystal Palace both of which are on the 450 bus route.
Our monthly networking sessions are open to anyone involved in care farming and green care, regardless of where you live or what stage you're are at.
As it's not always possible to meet face-to-face at the moment, please do join us and say hello!
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 09:00 to Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 17:00
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