A point of view


Way back in the summer we asked for photos that you had taken on our wonderful site. You didn’t disappoint us – we had a flood of entries. The committee have finally sat down and judged them and can now announce the winners. It wasn’t easy as everybody has a different idea of what makes a good photograph, but as they say, the decision of the judges is final.

– ‘Smoke’ by Diana Wallace was awarded first prize (a £15 Stores token) in the RAA photography competition 2017
– ‘Night sky’ by Magda Devas was awarded runner up (a £10 Stores token)
– ‘Sign’ (a three photo series) by Persephone Collings was awarded runner up (a £10 Stores token)

A big thank you to all of you who entered and congratulations to our winners. Let’s do it all again next year!

Our waiting list is OPEN

The RAA waiting list is open to non-plot holders from 1 December 2017. Applications can be sent by email [lettings.rosendaleallotments@btconnect.com], or by post to Karina Reed, Lettings officer, Rosendale Allotments, 227 Rosendale Road, London SE21 8LR.

Applicants must live in one of the following postcodes: SW2, SW4, SW8, SW9, SW12, SW16, SE1, SE5, SE11, SE17, SE19, SE21, SE22, SE24 and SE27 and provide their name, address and contact details.

When it reaches 100 names our waiting list will be closed again.

Stores closed for the winter

© Lance Hodgson

Our Stores and the Sunday café are now closed for the late autumn/winter. We plan to re-open the Stores in February 2018 (date and time to be confirmed). Located on the forecourt of the Rosendale Road main entrance, the Stores will be open again each weekend in growing season.

Your photographs please

Here are a selection from the entries we have so far received for our allotments photography competition, we’d very much like more.

Would you like to share pictures of your plot? Do you have portrait shots of some of the people at Rosendale Allotments? (Please ask them first before you send them in!). Do you grow something unusual? Do you have more general photographs of the allotments, growing vegetables, the different seasons or the view from Knights’ Hill? Please send your entries in to the Site officer.


We would like permission to use these pictures for the website and RAA publicity but copyright for the pictures will, of course, remain with each photographer.

NB: In the above slide show some photos have been cropped to fit, portrait format shots have been paired with companion images, sometimes with a picture by another photographer. Please ask a Site officer if you would like to see all of the originals.

RAA website


The public face for the Rosendale Allotments Association is our website. We welcome any feedback you may have. The site and in particular this news section is kept up-to-date by the website team led by Lance Hodgson. So if you have news or pictures you wish to share, please pass them on – fruit and vegetable ‘selfies’ anyone?

Stuart Russell has designed our website based on a ‘responsive’ WordPress template created by the developers CyberChimps. Each layout adapts to view well on PCs and laptops of different screen sizes, iPads, tablets, phablets and phones. People use an array of devices to view the web these days, we hope the new site works well on yours. If you see any problems or busted links please let us know. Be sure to include details of your PC/tablet/phone type, the browser you use and attach a ‘screen grab’ if you can.

And please, if you need a website designed for your business or organisation contact Stuart!