The Secret Garden is taking shape

Our Secret Garden is taking shape.  Thanks to our local community we won a community grant from Tesco Bags of Help scheme.  Since then we have planned and built our new Secret Garden. The garden, designed by two of our members, will be a calming space for members and visitors to relax in.

The Garden Design

Secret Garden – initial sketch design

The theme for the garden was ‘secret’ and ‘woodland’ and the aim was to create the garden using as much recycled material as possible.

Concept design – recycled doors

Creating the garden

The main structural elements were put in place by contractors in March to ensure the garden is safe and accessible.  Since then volunteers have been bringing the garden to life. They have planted a willow tunnel and a fedge, recycled donated plants and built features such as the hazel pole fences, hanging picture frames and windows to peek through.




We would like to thank everybody who has helped to create the garden so far, but especially our members Jane and Damien for all the hard work.  We would also like to thank the 19th Bromley Scouts who built the two bug hotels

Next steps

We hope to have a formal launch party for the garden in the summer when the plants have grown. Before then there’s still a lot more work to be done ranging from weeding to woodworking.

If you would like to be part of the team creating and maintaining this wonderful new community garden please speak to a committee member.



Visit our Annual Open Day – Sunday 14 May 2017

Annual Open Day features and stalls

Yes, it’s that time of year again – the Dorset Road Allotment’s Annual Open Day.  Regular visitors will be pleased to know that as usual we will have our wonderful homemade cakes available (with a cup of tea), there will be a barbeque and plenty of plants for sale as well as other food and craft stalls.  There will be bee demonstrations and dog agility displays.

Children will be able to play on the bouncy castle and there will be a range of other stalls and activities to keep them entertained including the free Treasure Hunt.

New for 2017

We are also pleased to welcome for the first time the Churchfield Primary School Choir and the 19th Bromley Scouts who will be challenging people to ‘beat the goalie’.  And you will be able to see our new Secret Garden.

We hope to see you – whether you are a regular or this will be your first visit.


Sunday 14 May from 11am to 3pm


Dorset Road Allotments, Dorset Road, Bromley, BR3 4EA

Wassailing the fruit trees on ‘Old Twelvey’

Wassailing is an old English custom dating back to the time of the Anglo Saxons.  The word ‘wassail‘ comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’, which means ‘good health’. It usually involves sharing a drink made from warmed cider, wine or ale blended with spices, honey and sometimes egg all served in one huge bowl.

It was celebrated on New Years Eve and Twelfth Night (6th January or on 17 January ‘old twelvey’ if using the old Julian Calender) and took two forms. The more familiar form is going from house to house singing in exchange for wassail – you’ll probably recognise this today as Christmas carolling.  The other, which is still practiced today on Old Twelfth Night in apple and cider producing regions of Somerset, Herefordshire, Devon and Kent is wassailing the fruit trees.

Wassailing the fruit trees is to drink to the health of the fruit trees and to encourage a good crop. Toast dipped in the wassail would be placed on branches and the roots of trees would be sprinkled with wassail.

This year we will be wassailing the fruit trees on Old Twelvey – if you’re around come and share the wassail and helps us drink to the health of our fruit trees.

You can read more about this tradition here: and here: