Saving the planet one mouthful at a time

Food Growing Volunteer

EcoLocal have developed a large community allotment where people can learn gardening skills hands-on.

Drop-in volunteering sessions available Monday afternoons and Friday mornings at the Westmead Road Allotment site (entrance off Colston Avenue). For keener, able, gardeners, there may be opportunity to volunteer with our resident gardener on other days.

You’ll need to be prepared to help at the food growing sessions, weeding, watering, sowing and growing, you even get to take a share of the harvest home to eat – for free!

Wear appropriate clothes and footwear you don’t mind getting muddy, and be prepared to get wet and/or dirty from time to time. Bring warm clothes too if it’s a cold day.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Befriender/Peer supporter at Community Allotment

Carshalton Community Allotment, situated in Westmead Allotment Site in Carshalton, is a thriving project engaging people in food growing, healthy eating and community activity.

Open 2 days a week, the community allotment provides a range of activities including food growing, organic gardening, wildlife and biodiversity gardening, craft activities, herb/fruit growing and social events.

We have an indoor space (if it’s raining) and for making tea and coffee, a poly tunnel and greenhouses.

We are looking for volunteers to help support participants at the community allotment, working alongside our staff.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

FREE Food Growing Drop-in Sessions


Rain or Shine – FREE Food Growing Drop-in Sessions
We offer free, drop-in sessions twice a week at the Carshalton Community Allotment. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Enjoy the outdoors, meet other people, learn new skills, get a bit of exercise and take free fresh veg home. We are also creating wildlife friendly features on the allotment this spring.

We are open:
Mondays 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Fridays 10.30am – 12.30pm
Just bring wellies or other shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and warm clothes if it’s cold! We also have a hut, toilet, benches and tea making facilities.

Click here to find us

Corporate volunteering days at Carshalton Community Allotment

corporate volunteering

Our community allotment, based in Carshalton, Surrey, provides the perfect venue for your corporate volunteering day. There are lots of tasks to be done from mending raised beds, weeding & woodchip the herb area and making bug homes.  This offers an opportunity for everyone to work together, get lots of exercise and have fun helping us!

The allotment provides a peaceful space for people from all backgrounds to take part in growing food, benefiting people with mental health problems and learning difficulties as well as parents and toddlers and older people.

Corporate volunteering days help us get major jobs done and the tasks that some of our regular participants can’t manage.

Our days offer lots of space for groups of up to 20, with hot drinks, shelter, toilet and seating available.

We do ask for a donation of £100 to cover the additional time our staff will need to spend to prepare and supervise the session.

We’re accessible by just a half an hour train ride from Central London.

To discuss, speak to Tansy Honey on 020 8404 1522 or e-mail


6 Week Food Growing Courses – now booking to start Saturday April 27th and Saturday September 28th 2019


If you are just starting out, or would like to get some more detailed knowledge of food growing, then this course is for you. Over 6 weeks you will learn everything you need to know to confidently grow your own fruit and veg. Click on the picture for more information …

Keeping Chickens – Saturday 21st July 2018


Learn the basics for keeping your own chickens, including: Where and how to house them, daily maintenance and what to feed them. Also get the chance to see and handle a range of breeds. Click on the chicken for more information …

Make a Bug Hotel

Join us to make a bug hotel like this one. We’ve got the pallets stacked up ready, so come along to one of our Monday or Friday sessions to turn them into a haven for little critters. We’ve been collecting lots of materials, but if you’ve got any pine cones or other materials you think would be useful to include please bring them along.

Attracting beneficial insects to the allotment is part of our organic gardening methods and is good for wildlife.

See above for session times and a map. Just drop in, no booking necessary. Accompanied children welcome.

This is part of our projet to create homes for wildlife on the community allotment funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

School Allotment Sessions

Are you a school or a teacher looking to teach children about food or gardening?

Why not sign up for our school’s allotment sessions?

Suitable for students in Key Stage 2, we give them the experience of a real working allotment, go on a quiz trail see how different vegetables are grown and much more!

For more details, find our leaflet here

Wildlife Gardening

Christian with lacewing homes web

EcoLocal has received funding for the Carshalton Community Allotment Wildlife Gardening, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Our focus over the autumn and winter is to make the community allotment more wildlife friendly. In October we:
- tidied the bee friendly beds that we made earlier in the year.
- prepared beds for our new Forest Garden plants.
- started gathering materials for the Bug Hotels and dead hedge.
- made 6 bug homes and put up our new bird feeders! We can now start recording the birds we spot.

Join us this Autumn and help us with more improvements to enhance biodiversity and insect life on the plot!

Learn about wildlife and wildlife friendly gardening, prepare and plant bee friendly flower beds, plant our new Forest Garden and feed the birds and make bug homes and hotels!

Bad back, less mobile, can’t kneel? Come work on our access for all raised beds.

Meet other people and chat with tea/ coffee and biscuits during the session and even pick some veg to take home!

When we’re open:

We offer free, drop-in sessions twice a week at the Carshalton Community Allotment with a range of fun activities for all ages and levels of experience.

Mondays 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Fridays 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dress sensibly for the weather- Sun hat, sun cream if hot, layers and a coat if cooler, tough shoes or boots. Click here to find us.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas please get in contact: or call 020 8404 1522.

2017 Beanstalk Project Family Food Growing events

Please check back here for more information about 2017 Beanstalk Project Family Food Growing events

Green Drinks

green drinks oct 2011

Come and meet other food growers and people interested in environmental issues at green drinks, the first Wednesday in every month at The Hope public house, 48 west Street, Carshalton, SM5 2PR.

People usually tend to arrive at about 7.30pm and and to sit around the table on the right as you enter the front door.

Buses 127, 157 and S3 go nearby and Carshalton rail station is very close.

Would you like help creating a food growing garden?


EcoLocal has worked with communities throughout London, starting growing food in neglected or underused spaces.

We can help communities establish a community food growing garden and give them the skills and experience to run the garden for themselves.

All that’s needed is some space and some local people with enthusiasm! We provide gardening support and expertise to get you started.

Each group will receive:

  • On-site support and a series of 10 action learning workshops to establish, plan, create and maintain a food growing garden across a growing season.
  • Training to help volunteers/communities build confidence in their own skills, to enable them to engage and work with others in their community and to plan and promote their food growing project.
  • AQA accredition(for an extra cost) to train key volunteers to give them the confidence and skills to lead the food growing in the future.

If you or a group you know would be interested, please contact Tansy Honey on or phone 020 8404 1522.