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

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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 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

School Sessions at Carshalton Community Allotment

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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:

food@ecolocal.org.uk   or 020 8404 1522

to discuss your needs.

Seed Swap: Friday 26th February – 7.30pm

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+ A range of vegetable seeds
+ Unusual varieties
+ Seed potatoes
+ Refreshments

Bring along your surplus seeds (no more than two years old) and swap them for seeds you need.
Or, if you don’t have seeds to swap, you can buy seeds.

All welcome

Milton Hall,
Cooper Crescent,
Carshalton, SM5 2DL

Free Entry

We created new Scarecrows!

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Carshalton Community Allotment created super scarecrows, recycling and reusing materials destined for landfill

on Sunday  26th October Honeywood Museum, Grim Reaper scarecrow 2pm to 5pm

Upcycled Scarecrows funded!

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Hooray! Our Scrap heap Scarecrow challenge got funded by the Imagine Festival!

So you can come and Help Carshalton Community Allotment to create super scarecrows, recycling and reusing materials destined for landfill. Fun for all ages, drop in free workshops, professional artists will help you on: More details about our and other Imagine Festival events

Fun at our Barbeque

Sizzling barbecue Carshalton community allotment 2014

We had our annual BBQ on Friday 27th of July and the sun shined despite forecasts of rain. Thank you to all the volunteers who came and made it a success. In the evening Surrey Organic Gardening Group had their own BBQ on the community allotment and weeded for us!

Christmas and New Year

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We had a great Christmas party at the allotment this year, as you can see!

We’d like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Regular allotment sessions for 2014 will start on Monday 6th January. Why not come along and get some fresh air after the Christmas break? Everyone is welcome so why not make it your New Year’s resolution?!

Healthy Sutton Outdoors Spring and Summer Programme 2013

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1st May saw the launch of EcoLocal’s ‘Healthy Sutton Outdoors’ programme of spring and summer activities.  This provides outdoor activities for people who would like to get a bit fitter, feel healthier and happier.   It’s the outdoor alternative to going to the gym. All activities are sociable, friendly and a chance to get some fresh [...]

E-newsletter

Would you like to be updated about all the news, events and projects in the world of EcoLocal? To sign up to our free e-mail list, just scroll down to the box on the right titled ‘Sign up for Ecolocal Newsletter Email List’ Make sure you tick the Community Allotment box!

March: What to do now!

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Although it’s still cold… March is the time to give some crops a start. Here are a few pointers to get you started: Plant onions, shallots and garlic sets. Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers. Chit early and maincrop potatoes. Plant asparagus crowns. If the weather is suitable sow seed outdoors eg: broad beans, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, [...]

The Big Dig

The Big Dig

Come and help your local community garden and get ready for the new growing season. It’s a great way to meet new people, get some fresh air, and learn about food. Carshalton Community Allotment will be holding a BIG DIG day on Friday 22nd March from 10.30am – 1.00pm. For more information: www.bigdig.org.uk  

Feature Articles – Press: Kitchen Garden and Grow Your Own

This month we have two different articles written about our plot. Click on the links below to read. Kitchen Garden Magazine – August 2012. Grow Your Own Magazine – July 2012