The only gardening books that we can confidently recommend to all allotment holders
are “The Vegetable Expert” by Dr. Hessayon and its companion book on fruit. Although
the original books were written about 20 years ago the basic information on growing
and caring for crops cannot be bettered. They are regularly updated to included new
plant varieties as well as treatments for pests and diseases.
Historically Walton and Hersham have always been regarded as highly successful fruit
and vegetable growing areas. In the 1920's and 30's much of the surrounding land
was still occupied by farms, market gardens and numerous allotment sites. Even as
recently as 1938 there were 16 separate allotments sites and no doubt many more "Dig
for Victory" sites sprang up for the duration of WWII. The area still has the largest
number of allotments than in any other part of Elmbridge. Land owned by Walton Charity
provide four sites, Terrace Road, Rydens Road, Home Farm and Burhill with about 280
- 300 plots occupied. The fifth site is Elm Grove which is leased by WADAGS from
Elmbridge Council to provide allotments for our members.
Elm Grove Allotments
Elm Grove is situated a few minutes walk from the town centre and has 48 full size
plots (90' x 30') which are mostly divided into half or quarter plots. The site is
usually fully occupied with a waiting list but vacancies do regularly occur and so
waiting time is never too long.
In order to rent an allotment you will need to join the Society. This is usually
done at our Trading Hut when we are open on a Thursday or Saturday morning. Once
you are a member you will either be allocated a plot or placed on the waiting list.
Rents and water fees are charged annually from the 1st of January each year. Charges
for 2017 :- Full Plot £36.00; Half Plot £18.00; Quarter Plot £12.00. There are sufficient
mains water taps so that all plots are within a reasonable distance. The site has
a two pedestrian and a vehicle entrance. All pathways are grassed which are regularly
mowed and the site is secured by a 2m high chain link perimeter fence.