The Trading Hut is operated by volunteers and is open on Saturday mornings from 9.30
am to 12.00 and Thursday mornings from 10.00am until 11.30am. It is located at the
Highfield Road end of the allotments, with parking available in the Elm Grove recreation
ground car park at the end of Highfield Road. A map is available by clicking here.
The Hut stocks a wide range of manures and composts and the complete range of commercial
fertilizers. Inside the shop we have a range of sundries rivaling that of any Garden
Centre but our prices are significantly lower. Our bamboo canes come directly from
the importer and are vastly superior to those on sale elsewhere. Seed potatoes are
supplied from our grower in Scotland ensuring they are top quality and virus free.
Woodlark Nurseries in Hersham grow vegetable plants exclusively for our members.
Seeds are replaced annually and fresh stock is on the shelves in January ready for
the start of the new season. We only stock Kings Seeds who supply the majority of
other UK allotments societies and other major seed companies.
In Spring and Autumn we order onion sets, shallots and garlic bulbs ready for planting
from Taylors Bulbs, one of the largest suppliers in the UK. We try hard to get the
numbers right but inevitably we sell out of some varieties quickly and early purchasing
When we order our onion sets for the Spring we select Dahlia tubers which add a little
colour to the allotments as well as providing a good supply of cut flowers for home.
Different varieties are selected each year which means that you can build up a collection
for a very little outlay.
Our July mail shot includes an order form for seed potatoes which, weather permitting,
are available for collection in January. We choose a selection of First and Second
Earlies, Maincrop and Salad varieties all of which are best suited to our soil conditions.
By taking pre-orders we are able to offer them at very competitive prices.
Plants are grown for us locally which means that we can make them available as soon
as they are ready for planting. Brassica plants (cabbage, calabrese, cauliflower,
kale and brussels sprouts) can be pre-ordered for delivery in April/May. Tomato,
pepper, chillies, cucumber, courgette and sweet corn follow on in May/June as the
weather improves. Plants are also available in the shop but supply is limited so
pre-ordering is recommended.