Sunday 4 August 2019 is the Prudential Ride London bike race and there will be local road closures.

The race goes along Coombe Lane.

Don't get caught out if you're heading for the allotment by car. Information about the roads affected is available here.


Berkeley Homes have kindly donated and delivered to the Site a number of pallets for the use of plotholders on their plots. Berkeley Homes are currently developing Wimbledon Hill Park on Copse Hill.

Wooden pallets have a number of potential uses on a plot, including building a compost bin - a vital feature to reduce valuable green waste leaving the Site. See the links page for links to advice about how to use pallets to build a bin. Berkeley Homes themselves are using other pallets to create benches for builders working at Wimbledon Hill Park.

The initial delivery of 16 palettes to undeveloped Plot 111 beside the Cottenham Park Lane gate was quickly taken up by plotholders. The few remaining palettes are now stacked against CPAGA's garage beside the John Gray Centre.

Now we have a better sense of demand for pallets at the Site, CPAGA and Berkeley Homes hope that more palettes may become available later in the season. Many thanks to Theresa Crampsie, Office Manager and CSS Co-ordinator for Berkeley Homes, and her colleagues for this generous gift.


Members of CPAGA's Management Committee and its President met on Sunday 7 April 2019 in the John Gray Centre.

Agenda items included matters arising at the previous meeting on 24 February 2019; the reports of Officers; the communications by Merton/idverde about the intended use of the waste bay; idverde's clearing of the waste bay; whether the Committee could take any action to reduce anti-social misuse of the waste bay and the areas in front of it; the damage to the lock at the top gate to the Site; a proposed letter to Merton on Merton's policy for the supply of water to the Site and idverde's implementation of that policy; Merton's charges for water rates in the light of its policy; difficulties encountered by the Trading Manager with the delivery service of the Shop's principal historical supplier; progress with the initiative to organise the sale of teas, refreshments and jams; whether CPAGA should use its resources to maintain the condition of vacant plots that Merton had been unable to let; preparation for the Annual General Meeting; the President's organisation of the Committee's archives since 1991; the need for assistance with unloading and storing the periodic receipt of compost deliveries for the Shop; and possible activities at the Site for the benefit of plotholders.

The next meeting of the Management Committee is tentatively scheduled for 12 May 2019, depending on matters arising at the Annual General Meeting on 5 May 2019.

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