Saving the planet one mouthful at a time

Carshalton Community Allotment

Gardening can be a wonderfully satisfying activity for anyone, regardless of age and ability. Ecolocal have developed a community allotment where people can take part in gardening and learn hands-on skills. We run volunteer sessions on Mondays from 1pm-3pm and Fridays from 10.30am-12.30pm. Everybody is welcome to take part growing food and take a share of the harvest home to eat! No need to book, it’s entirely free. You can download a map and just turn up, or phone 020 8404 1522 if you want more information!

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.

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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


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.

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.

School Sessions at Carshalton Community Allotment


Experience a real working allotment
Take part in tending the crops
Go on an allotment quiz trail
See how different vegetables grow
Gain food-growing vocabulary
Find out about organic gardening
Learn about different allotment tools

“Just wanted to say thank you for accommodating our school on their trip last week.

The children really enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot about what an allotment is and how it works

Please pass on our thanks to the volunteers who ran the session, it was brilliant!”

Katie Lucas, Teacher at Barrow Hedges Primary School, Carshalton

Suitable for Key Stage 2. Sessions last 1.5 hours and are led by an experienced food growing tutor.

We can accommodate a class of 30 children per session, who will work with our tutor and be supported by their class teacher to take part in allotment gardening activities and go on a quiz trail around the allotment.

Sessions are held on our half acre community allotment training site on Westmead Allotments, Colston Avenue, Carshalton – well served by train and bus. Child gloves and tools provided and toilet on site.

£90 per class.

Please contact:   or 020 8404 1522

to discuss your needs.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

We currently have one poly-tunnel on the allotment site and over the next few chilly months, we thought it would be a good idea to have a few more covers to keep our seedlings warm! No need to spend lots of money on a greenhouse when we can make our own using recycled plastic bottles! [...]