• How do I get an allotment in East Sheen?
  • Where am I on the wait list?
  • How do I join the BHAS to become a member?
  • Do I have to be a member of the BHAS Allotment Society if I have a plot?
  • Can I have a dog at the allotment?
  • What are the rules around bonfires?
  • What do I do if I lost my allotment gate keys?
  • What are some useful links for allotment holders?

How do I get an allotment in East Sheen?

If you live in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and would like to apply for one of the five sites in East Sheen, we’ve outlined full the process for you so you know what to expect, including where to apply, site locations, and current wait list times.

Where am I on the wait list?

The applications process (and all wait list information) is managed by Richmond Council; the BHAS does not have access to the wait lists so we are unable to provide updates to status requests.

Wait list times are estimated to be between 5-7 years, depending on the site.

Do I have to be a member of BHAS if I have an East Sheen plot?

No, BHAS membership is not mandatory for East Sheen allotment holders.  Conversely, you can also be a member of the BHAS and not be an allotment holder.

However, we strongly encourage all current allotment holders to consider joining BHAS or renewing your membership if you haven’t already.  The annual membership fee is nominal and all funds help the BHAS to look after and improve the sites as well as organise community events.

Additionally, membership provides many benefits to the East Sheen allotment plot holders, including access to the Trading Shed, a discount at a local garden centre, and maintenance of common site areas.

How do I join the BHAS to become a member?

Joining the BHAS is easy – membership can be paid for at the Trading Shed during open hours.

Can I have a dog at the allotment?

Yes, as long as the dog remains on a lead and all waste is cleaned up.

What are the rules around bonfires?

Richmond Council sets the bonfire rules that all plotholders in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames must follow; the bonfire rules appear in the Council’s Terms and Conditions.  Please note the bonfire rules were updated in September 2018.

Update 23 February 2019: Richmond Council decided on 14 February 2019 that all bonfires will be banned from 30 April.  Read more.

Bonfires are only permitted between 16 September and 30 April during daylight hours, Monday to Saturday.

Bonfires can only be used under the following conditions:

  • Only for burning plant matter that cannot be composted (no other materials to be burnt)
  • Nuisance must not be caused to nearby tenants, residents, and road or rail users
  • Fires must not be left unattended
  • Suitable means must be at hand to control and extinguish the fire at any time
  • Fires must be extinguished before leaving site
  • Any fire must be extinguished immediately upon request of a council officer

Any plot holder contravening these conditions will be dealt with via the termination policy.

What do I do if I lost my allotment gate keys?

Allotment gate keys are handled by the Council.  More information on replacement keys and the form to request them can be found here.

What are some useful links for allotment holders?

If your question is not answered here, please contact us.