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

Telling the bees


Telling the bees is a traditional British custom, in which bees would be told of important events in their keeper’s life, such as births, marriages, departures and returns in the household. The bees were most commonly told of deaths in their master’s family, including of their master. If the custom was omitted or forgotten then it was believed a penalty would be paid; the bees might leave their hive, stop producing honey or die.

For a wedding the hive might be decorated and cake left by the hive.  If the beekeeper died the hive would be draped in black and biscuits and wine from the funeral left for the bees.

Today I took part in telling the bees at Dorset Road Allotments that their master, our Chairman and Head Beekeper, Clive, had died. Following his funeral at Beckenham Crematorium, Clive’s bees were told the sad news.  It was a moving ceremony attended by his family and many friends from the beekeeping community as well as the two allotments he worked so diligently for.

Clive will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences go to his wife Barbara and their family.




Open Day 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our Open Day, helped out or ran a stall.

We had lots of stall holders selling everything from jams and preserves to teddy bears, (including stalls raising money for charity). The Woodcraft Folk were back showing how to cook on an open fire and doing various crafts with the children.  Our Beekeepers did an excellent display and were on hand to answer questions and Thames 21 did some pond and river dipping and showed us what was living there.  And we had the usual tea, cakes, and BBQ plus lots of kids activities.  It was an excellent day!