New wood and chippings bays

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed the refurbishment work on the wood and chippings bays at the Hertford Avenue entrance has begun. After clearing the site of the original pallet boards which had started to rot and break down, wooden sleepers have been erected to form a new boundary. We still need to firm up the ground immediately next to the path, to stop the delivery lorries getting stuck in the mud.

Bay 1 (nearest the main gate) has been enlarged and will be re-designated for the logs. Bay 2 in the middle will remain the wood chip store and the 3rd bay will be for compost from Richmond Park when it’s available.
Thanks to John Hynd, Rashid, Desmond and John Padgett for all their hard work so far.

If you would like to lend a hand moving the logs from their existing bay,  please feel free to pick up one or two logs as you walk past and take them down to the newly created bay.

Hertford Avenue wins London in Bloom Allotment Award

At the beginning of November at the annual Allotment prize giving at the Town Hall, Derek Lawrence-Brown and John Padgett received the London in Bloom Allotment Award on behalf of the Hertford Avenue plot holders.

It came as a complete surprise, although we obviously knew that Derek had shown the London in Bloom judges around the allotments back in July.

We were judged to have the best kept and well-cultivated Allotments out of all the London Boroughs and the award was presented  by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames.

The judges’ comments are below:

This large allotment site is clearly well used. Judges met the allotment site rep and heard about its activities that included three organised community events each year.

Engagement appeared to be thriving and a broad range of produce was in cultivation.

The site is well organised and maintained and green waste either removed or composted as appropriate. A regime of using wood chip in certain areas of the site as a mulch  is in place.

Garlic varieties for sale at Trading Shed

Three varieties of garlic are expected to arrive at the Trading Shed this week; they will be available for £1.30 per bulb, so please stop by during open hours to pick up your garlic bulbs for planting.

The Trading Shed is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am – 12:00pm until 16th December and is one of the many benefits of being a BHAS members.  Joining BHAS is easy and only costs £10 for the year.

Updated Bonfire Rules from September 2018

Please be aware that Richmond Council has recently updated its Allotment Terms and Conditions around bonfires as of September 2018.  BHAS has updated our FAQs to reflect this update on our site.

For reference, the excerpt around bonfires in the Terms and Conditions now reads:

“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.”

Kings Seeds 2019 catalogues available


Kings Seeds 2019 catalogues are now available at the trading shed along with a discount code to receive 50% off on Kings Seeds for BHAS members. If you aren’t a member, you can sign up here.

You can order by post or online and your order will be delivered to your home. For full details you can pick up your own Kings catalogue and an order form from the Trading Shed.

There is no deadline for orders, so you can wait until spring 2019 if you prefer.

Kings Seeds supply a very wide range of high quality vegetable and flower seeds and other things for your allotment, so pick up a catalogue and order form and save yourself some money.

Previous news archive

Note: This information was available on the previous version of the website and represents multiple news updates. We didn’t want to lose this information, so have archived it as a single post below.

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  • Can you help a grad student with her dissertation?
  • 3 September 2017’s Annual Show photo gallery 
  • Save the date for the Autumn Annual Show
  • Minutes from the 2017 AGM
  • Minutes from BRAG 2017
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila
  • Minutes from BRAG 2016
  • Park Road Allotments are under threat of development

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