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Where to Garden in London

Discover if you have a green thumb and put it to use this year

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Those who love the act of gardening will tell you it soothes their soul – that it’s a creative outlet, a way to bring something beautiful into the world for you and everyone around you to admire (like having a child, with just a tad less commitment and responsibility attached to the job). With spring coming up and gardening centres opening their doors to budding gardeners everywhere, we’re pulling our green thumbs out of our woolly gloves and getting them dirty with earth and fertilizer.

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If you don’t have a garden at your own home, read on to discover the best places in London to rent your own allotment, so you can experience the joy of gardening amongst like-minded people, without requiring your own spot at home. Plus, we’ve also rounded up the must-buy products from trowels to forks, and where to buy them, so you’re all kitted out for your new 2019 hobby – gardening.

North London

Tudor Road Allotments

Managed by the New Barnet Allotment Society, this allotment is one of just a few in North London that has places available to rent. Get a plot and use the provided water services to plant and grow your favourite fruits and vegetables, whilst making friends with your allotment neighbours and sharing tips and tricks of the trade. Email Katherine Hopkin at [email protected] for more information! Crallotments.com

East London

Beautiful Allotment

Beautiful Allotment

This summer pop-up hosted by Bourne & Hollingsworth proves gardening can be a fun, social activity, and is returning this Summer after a hugely successful residency in the Summer of 2018. Beautiful Allotment combines gardening, drinking and eating, thanks to a collaboration with the Lend and Tend initiative to ‘get people growing’. Last year, it was hosted in the Victorian gardens of the Geffrye Museum, where guests could book handcrafted potting sheds, day beds and vegetable patches. Keep tabs on what’s in store for Beautiful Allotment 2019 at beautifulallotment.com

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South London

Grove Allotments

Grove Allotments in Dulwich is a small allotment community of 75 members, located on Dulwich Common. Apply for a plot and spend a day a weekend tending to your very own private spot and admiring the local wildlife such as hedgehogs and stag beetles! Apply for a plot here.

West London

Fulham Palace Meadow Allotments Association

Fulham Palace Meadow Allotments Association

Sat next to the River Thames and with 406 rich plots available, it’s no wonder the waiting list for an allotment at FPMAA is from 5-7 years. However, apply for membership here and you’ll have access to one of the most beautiful allotment locations in London, kept looking neat and colourful by volunteers and used by those with some of the most impressively green thumbs in West London. Apply for an allotment by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7731 6055. Fpmaa.com

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9 Essential Gardening Tools & Where to Buy Them

1. Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

This heavy-duty builders’ barrow is used by the professionals and should be used by you, too. The wheel is puncture proof, perfect for allotments with uneven paths, and it has the capacity for approximately 85 litres. Buy it now for £46.49 on Amazon

2. Dibber

Dibber

A dibber is used for making holes in the earth for seeds and bulbs to be planted in. Buy this wooden one for a mere £9 and get it personalised for a really special touch. Buy it now for £9 at personalisedgiftshop.co.uk

3. Digging Spade

Digging Spade

Make digging easy with this spade from Wickes. The handle is comfortable, it’s solid and sturdy, and is a real necessity for a gardening job big or small. Buy it now for £19 at wickes.co.uk

4. Garden Trowel

Garden Trowel

This beautiful bronze garden trowel will add a splash of luxury and style to your gardening kit. It’s handcrafted, has a 25-year warranty and is perfect for planting out and potting on. Buy it now for £31.50 at thewonderfulgardencompany.co.uk

5. Fork Hoe

Fork Hoe

This double-purpose tool is necessary for more difficult gardening jobs. The fork is used to break up soil, and mattock is perfect for decimating weeds. Buy it now for £76.20 at sneeboer.co.uk 

6. Garden Knife

Garden Knife

One of the utter-most essentials for gardeners, a compact knife is used for cutting and trimming. This one we’ve selected has been endorsed by RHS, the Royal Horticultural Society. Buy it now for £39.99 from burgonandball.com

7. Garden Secateurs

Garden Secateurs

An invaluable purchase for any garden maintenance. These Japanese-style lightweight secateurs promise precision by its slender blade. Buy them now for £69 at woodandmeadow.com

8. Golden Gark

Golden Gark

This 3-in-1 tool comprises of a rake, shovel and soil sieve and is made with highly durable materials. It’s lightweight, allows you to garden comfortably without too much straining or stretching, and comes with a 2-year warranty. Buy it now for £38.95 from Amazon

9. Oscillating Hoe

Oscillating Hoe

Kent & Stowe’s oscillating hoe is a traditional gardening tool with a long handle and made with stainless steel. The self-sharpening blade cuts through the soil to the weeds, and its head which moves in a swivel movement means you can cut weeds in a push-pull motion. Buy it now for £22.99 at mickgeorge.co.uk

Happy gardening!