Welcome to the Martin Way Allotment Gardens Association (MAGA) website
The Martin Way allotments are located in Raynes Park on two sites either side of Martin Way, close to the Bushey Road junction - see location map. We are one of 18 allotment sites in the London Borough of Merton and one of only 5 that are self-managed (although MAGA are waiting to sign the formal agreement with LBM). We have over 250 plots spread across our two sites, the east side and the west side, covering an area of over 4.5 hectares (11 acres).
Wish to apply for a plot? The waiting list is now open again - apply.
There are a number of important modifications to our normal practices and procedures as a result of the COVID pandemic
Communications - if you are self-isolating, shielding or cannot come to your plot for any reason, please inform the Committee so that we can make allowances for your situation and get in touch if need arises.
Communal Water Points – using taps and water troughs could potentially spread the disease, so please ensure you follow good practice around hygiene and social distancing.
Guests/Visitors - no unauthorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency. If you wish to bring someone to assist with work on your plot please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop facilities - the shop remains CLOSED for the time being. We are attempting to sell compost once a month, as deliveries allow. Notice of this is given through email and a sign goes up the week before on the shop/store doors. Equipment loans are also suspended as we are unable to guarantee sanitising it properly.
Toilet - the toilet is CLOSED. There is no one cleaning it, so please do not continue to use it as you are putting yourself and others at increased risk.
Bonfires and BBQs – due to the fact that our plots are in close proximity to residential properties, we ask at this time that you refrain from having bonfires and BBQs. Vulnerable people may be shielding at home and only able to get fresh air in their gardens.
Plot inspections – are postponed until further notice.
Working Party - working parties are currently suspended.
AGM - we were unable to hold our AGM when scheduled and will reschedule it once conditions permit. Committee meetings are being held online and the committee remains dedicated to the safe operation of the site during these times.
Flytipping – will not be tolerated and we ask plot holders not to bring any waste from home to place on either the green waste or wood/scrap piles. Please report any suspicious activity to the committee immediately, whereupon we will review CCTV footage and contact the authorities if necessary. Please keep the gates closed at all times to deter non-plot holders/fly-tippers from entering the site.
Helpful COVID resources
Government advice CLICK HERE
NHS information and advice CLICK HERE
NSALG allotment-specific advice CLICK HERE
We are a very active de facto self-managed site with a relatively short waiting list; currently we have around 95% of our plots let. We have a shop which is open at weekends during the growing season from February to October (Sundays only during July and August), along with an adjacent accessible toilet.
We have regular events, including a plant sale in spring, a produce show at the end of summer and a pumpkinfest at the end of October. We expect plot holders to assist with site working parties during the year as any members of a small community would do to help each other.
If you would like to come and see us, please come to one of our social events and introduce yourself, come into the shop during opening hours or email us using 'get in touch'. If you would like to take up a plot and you are resident in Merton please read the Apply for a Plot page, taking note of the commitment in having an allotment!
One of our plot holders has been writing a blog about his plot since 2012 - read here