Where we are
Ealing Transition Community Garden is based at Village Park Allotments, which is accessed from Rose Gardens, off Popes Lane, W5 4JU. The entrance is situated between numbers 14-16 Rose Gardens.
What we do
One plot (plot 3) on the site is run by Ealing Transition and it mostly has soft fruit on it – a vine, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries etc. It also has an attractive pond.
We have regular weekend open mornings (usually 10.30 – 12) for people who want to have a look around the site, help out in a general way or develop their growing skills. You can find out when our open mornings take place by clicking on our calendar. On our work mornings we might be sowing seeds, pruning, doing general cleaning of the site, planting things out, weeding, tidying the pond or harvesting produce. Each work morning has a particular focus. Anyone is welcome to drop in on these dates to see a busy allotment site in action.
The Allotment site is managed by a group of people who meet regularly to sort out any issues on-site and plan ahead. The group is made up of tenants and also members of Ealing Transition. The Manager is Glendra Read.
We have popular Spring and Autumn pizza days when we cook pizzas for visitors in our home-made pizza oven. The dates for our pizza days can be found on our calendar and everyone is welcome to drop in The next one is scheduled for Sunday 31st May 2020 from 1-4 p.m. We have very uneven paths and no raised beds so unfortunately we are not wheelchair friendly. For everyone’s comfort we have a composting toilet on site.
History of Ealing Transition’s involvement
In 2011 Ealing Transition took over management of Village Park Allotments from the Council. Half of the site was overgrown with 20’ high trees on it and the water tanks were old and corroded. The council cut the trees down and replaced the water tanks while members of Ealing Transition took over a plot for community use and managed the rest of the site. Over the years we have gradually cleared and rented out all 23 small plots. Now we have a flourishing, friendly site with hard-working tenants.
Originally the idea was for people from the local community to drop in at the weekend to learn how to garden but we no longer have the volunteers to manage this way of working. Instead we now have monthly work mornings.
If you’d like to join our email list or if you’d like to donate allotment tools, seedling etc… please contact the community garden team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the archived section you can read our blog to find out more about the history of Ealing Transition’s involvement with Village Park Allotments.