There are several ecologically sound ways to dispose of allotment waste rather than lighting a bonfire. By far the best is to compost the waste material, thereby also benefitting your plot; in a few months you will have an excellent soil conditioner and peat substitute. You don’t have to buy a special compost bin, you can make a composter from e.g. old pallets or even just a simple chicken wire frame. If you don’t want to make a composter then dig a 2 foot deep trench, pile the waste in and cover it with soil. You can work your way across the plot doing this and improve the fertility and drainage. If you have waste that can not be composted because it is diseased or too woody then take it to one of Ealing Council’s Recycling Centres – there is a large one not far away at;
Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 9AP Opening times: 8am–4pm (between 1 October-31 March) and Mon-Sun, 8am–5pm (between 1 April-30 September) Tel: (020) 8578 5674
No. This is not possible as there is nowhere this can be stored and accessed easily. We suggest plot holders bring a few necessary items of First Aid with them and store them safely in their sheds or carry with them when visiting the allotments.
Yes. You can build or erect a shed of no larger than 213 cm height x 244 cm width x 183 cm depth. Greenhouses and Polytunnel are also allowed (same size restriction).
Structures including sheds, polytunnel and greenhouses must not cover more than 20% of the area of your plot.
Try to site your shed and green house or poly tunnel in a position that is not too visible from outside, to reduce risk of vandalism and be considerate to your neighbours. It should not create shade on your neighbours plot. The best position is 0.75 meters from a shared grass path (south) and 1 meter away from shared drain or roadway (east/west).
If you plan to build your own shed, we now have to insist that all sheds are of ‘commercial’ sheds in size and style. Click on the link below.
Please post your application in a sealed envelope addressed to PACA (shed application) and place in the post box at the Trading Hut. Click on the link below.
A plot-holder can invite up to 6 only visitors to their plot. The plot holder is responsible for the visitors’ safety. They are not allowed to wonder around the site or on any other plot. They must not pick or interfere with produce of other plots.
No parking allowed on the site. There is a policy of ‘stop & drop’ 20 mins. maximum. Please park your vehicle in the council car park before the entrance to Pitshanger Park.
There are two source of water supplies. One is from the taps near your plot, which is for watering the plot. The source of this water is from a ‘borehole’ and is not recommended for drinking. For drinking purpose only, there is a tap behind the Trading Hut. Please remember, all water supply is shut over the winter periods until April.
Bonfires are permitted under certain conditions, which are designed to prevent a nuisance being caused to neighbouring plot holders and people in the surrounding area. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is an offence to cause a nuisance through the generation of ‘smoke emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance’. Causing such a nuisance breaks Rule 11 of PACA’s Constitution and, thus, can lead to a plotholder losing their tenancy. Therefore, the tenant must conform to the following requirements:
- Bonfires are permitted only after 7pm between 1 May to 31 August, but can be at any time between 1 September to 30 April.
- The plotholder should consult neighbours before starting a bonfire and must stay with the bonfire the whole time it is burning.
- Bonfires must be extinguished if not burnt out by dusk.
- Only burn when suitable weather conditions permit, to avoid causing a nuisance (wind drift etc)
- Only burn organic matter and dry vegetable matter that has been produced on your own plot. Do not burn material that has been given to you from other plots or from outside the allotment site.
- Do not set fire to massive piles of materials, but start with a medium stack and add further material in stages.
- Non-vegetable matter such as plastic, rubber, carpet or roofing felt must not be burnt, and flammable liquids such as old sump oil must not be burnt or used to light fires.
- In the event of a complaint, from another tenant or member of the public, regarding a nuisance being caused by the bonfire, then the fire must be extinguished immediately