Our allotment site at Chattern Hill, Feltham Road, Ashford, Middlesex, covers 8 acres and comprises over 170 large, medium and small plots.
The site has probably been in continuous cultivation since the 14th Century, and formed part of Ashford’s common field, known as Newlands. It was purchased by Middlesex County Council in 1912 as part of the Smallholdings Estate, and has been used as allotments ever since. The society sent 550 cabbages to the navy during World War I, and was part of the 'digging for victory' campaign during World War II.
The site lies in the Surrey Borough of Spelthorne, and is now owned by Surrey County Council, who gave us a 50-year lease of the site in 2011.
We have about 40 manual water pumps on site for watering our crops. All pumps are available for use by any member, and there is a plentiful supply of underground water, so we are not subject to drought restrictions in summer. Many of the pumps have a connector for attaching a petrol-driven pump.
Manure is delivered to the site regularly by local stables, and is freely available to all members. We also have a number of communal wheelbarrows.