The Rosendale Allotments were established in 1908. It is an 18 acre site owned by Dulwich Estate on Knights Hill between Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in South London. You can view the allotments from the air at Google Maps
The Allotment Association is constituted as an Industrial and Provident Society, registered and regulated by the FSA, and therefore bound by the rules and regulations which govern such bodies. The Association is formed by the members, and a membership fee is charged. There are 480 plots on the site and the 500 plot holders and sharers are a diverse group, drawn mainly from South London, with all its rich ethnic and cultural variety.
The Association is managed by a formally elected committee - elections are held annually at the AGM. The committee is made up of volunteer, unpaid members who all have families, jobs, plots, and occasionally lives. All members are able to stand for election and the committee actively encourages members to become involved either as elected members or as co-opted members. Without the committee the association could not function and could potentially be in breach of its lease. If you are interested in working with the committee please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com) .
The committee is constituted of the usual three officers, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition we have a Membership Secretary, Lettings Officer and a Meetings Secretary. There are currently 11 elected members and 1 co-opted members.
As well as attending monthly meetings and the annual AGM, most committee members take on a variety of additional responsibilities either on one of the sub-committees/teams or for a specific task. A list and brief description of those activities is given below. The Committee page shows who is involved in which activity.
Plot Letting. Managed by the Lettings Officer many of the committee help out on ‘lettings days’ when a number of applicants are invited to the site, offered plots and hopefully signed up.
Plot Management Team. Managed by a sub-committee including the lettings officer this team tries to improve the site, chasing plotholders about unworked plots, damaged paths and obstructive shrubs as well as working on the entrances and communal areas.
Sheds and Greenhouses Applications. A committee member takes responsibility for processing and approving applications for new sheds and greenhouses by members.
Water Team. This team valiantly rushes in to mend tanks, stopcocks and ruptured pipes whenever they are reported, trying to prevent water loss, keep the system running and keep the bills down.
Building Committee. This team are working with architects to develop our plans for a new shop and committee/meeting hall. They are also looking at the possibility of adding toilets to the site.
Fundraising SubCommittee. This group look at ways to fundraise for special projects, such as a new gate from the Peabody Estate and clearing the dump at the top of the site.
Bee Sub-Committee. This committee reports to the main committee on the current experiment of having bees on site.
Stores Sub-Committee. Last, but by no means least, the stores team is led by the Store Manager and provides support for the running and management of the stores.
New Stores now open, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 till 1!posted Thu. 7th February '13
A wide selection of seed potatoes including interesting specialist and heritage varieties in stock
Also onion sets for Spring planting, green manures and much else.
Growing Rosendaleposted Thu. 26th July '12
Growing Rosendale is name of the project housed in the new community building.
Our objective is to widen people’s knowledge and skills to grow food successfully on their allotments, at their homes and in community spaces. Our beautiful new community building provides facilities to hold food growing and nature related educational workshops for our allotment members and also for the wider community. We are committed to local, sustainable food growing and to broadening understanding of the environmental issues around food production.
Our education centre is for hire at £10 for RAA members and £15 for non-members.
Catriona Andrews- Community Education Officer
I am working closely with the other officers to develop a schedule of volunteer activities, events and educational programs for the allotments, including food growing, crop planning, composting and natural arts and crafts. If you have any training needs or any ideas for talks, workshops, seasonal events or other activities related to food growing please drop in and let me know or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Nelson – Community Outreach Officer
My role here at Rosendale is to connect with schools and local community groups to develop and run food growing workshops both on the allotments and at other local sites. I will also be encouraging people to grow food in their gardens, on their balconies or windowsills and to support new community gardens by providing them with gardening skills and administrative support. Are you involved in a community garden that needs help with fundraising, learning new gardening skills or sustaining volunteer help? If so we look forward to hearing from you!
email me at email@example.com
Marco Barrella - Project Officer
You might know me as the RAA Membership Officer and Vice Chair. I am now also part of the project team. I help to run the new buildings to facilitate the projects aims to strengthen the allotment community and to use our many resources and members diverse experience to spread the food growing message to others around us. If you would like to hire the building or have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org