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Nature blog - Jenny Bourne

The RPA Nature blog with Jenny Bourne.

Watch the seasons unfold right here at our very own allotments

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Hedge Laying Workshop

Hedge Laying Workshop

On Wednesday 28th January, plotholders were invited to learn the ancient art of hedge laying at the allotments.

Click here to read more.

Heritage Horticulture Workshop

Heritage Horticulture Workshop

On 15th January Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow ran a workshop on fruit tree planting and pruning at their market garden in Marble Hill Park. Head gardener, Kate Robinson led the workshop, attended by a good crowd, including ten RPA plotholders! Kate provided a brief background history, how fruit trees had originally been planted as orchards in Twickenham and Hampton where market gardens had abounded – originally the ‘Garden of England’.

Kate then gave us a practical demonstration in preparing the ground, planting and staking and tying in bare root cordons, espaliers and fans, using heritage varieties of apples and pears.

You can download Kate’s full set of notes as a PDF by clicking here.

Click here for a PDF of the fruit varieties used in the Model Market Garden.

Seedy Sunday

Seedy Sunday

Sunday 8th February, 11am - 12.30pm

Don’t you always find that there are far too many seeds in a packet?

Don’t waste them! Bring your spare seeds along to Seedy Sunday and browse through those that have been brought by other plotholders. In return for a small suggested donation, take away seeds of new varieties or try crops you’ve never thought of before.

When you bring your seeds, please make sure that the type and variety are clearly marked on the packet or envelope.

Register for the pumpkin and sunflower competitions that will be judged at this year’s Autumn Social (adults 50p, under-15s – 30p).

Plus enjoy delicious home-made cakes, tea and coffee at the Café.

Seedy Sunday will take place outside the Seed Store (or inside if it’s wet).

What to do this month

What to do this month

What should you be sowing and planting now?

What crops should be ready for harvesting?

What jobs need doing on your plot?

Find out in our month-by-month calendar of what to do and when.

Your photos

Your photos

Portraits of fellow plotholders proudly displaying their horticultural successes. Inspirational images of nature’s bounty. Or candid shots of the less savoury aspects of allotment life.

Our photo galleries feature all these – and more.

Seed Store cafe welcome sign

Seed Store cafe

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and delicious homemade cakes.
Sundays 11am - 1pm

Allotment main entrance - unlocked padlock

Waiting list now open

Do you want to put your name down for a plot? Click here to find out how.

Allotment main entrance opening time

Opening and closing times throughout the year can be found here.