Land is highly desirable but in short supply; an allotment is a chance to get your hands on a bit of it, for a time. It may take a few months and not every prospective allotment looks highly desirable on first sight - in fact few do - but underneath the brambles, rusting wheelbarrow and rotting planks there is something worth waiting for, your own patch of soil, home to a myriad of other organisms with whom you will have to share. So, read up on composting and crop rotations and in the end it will happen. You will be the holder of a Martin Way Allotment.
A typical plot is approximately 5 rods (which is approx 10 yards x 15 yards or 30 feet by 45 feet).
Sometimes plots are overgrown so some hard work will be needed to clear them.
If you wish to apply for a plot and are resident in the London Borough of Merton, please select the 'Apply for a plot' link below:-
Please make sure you include your first and last name, address including postcode and telephone numbers when applying for an allotment plot! We are unable to put you on the waiting list without your full details. You must also confirm on your application that you have read and understood the commitment required in having an allotment plot, as detailed below:-
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AN ALLOTMENT PLOT IS A COMMITMENT! NEW PLOT HOLDERS NEED TO REALISE THAT THE COMMITMENT ON AN ALLOTMENT IS THAT THEY SHOULD EXPECT TO VISIT 2 - 3 TIMES A WEEK FOR AT LEAST 3 HOURS DURING THE GROWING SEASON, APRIL TO OCTOBER, MORE IF THERE ARE LOTS OF CROPS. DURING THE NON-GROWING SEASON A WEEKLY VISIT IS REQUIRED. IF AN OVERGROWN PLOT IS TAKEN ON, THEN CONSIDERABLY MORE TIME IS REQUIRED TO CLEAR THE PLOT AT THE START! PLEASE DO NOT APPLY OF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO COMMIT TO AN ALLOTMENT PLOT.
MAGA IS A SELF-MANAGED ALLOTMENT SITE AND RELIES ON HELP FROM MEMBERS, AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR, TO UNDERTAKE VARIOUS MAINTENANCE TASKS AROUND THE SITE. THIS MAY INCLUDE HELPING TO PUT THE MARQUEE UP IN SPRING,TO REINSTATING OVERGROWN PLOTS TO ENABLE LETTING.
Please note that tenants who apply to our waiting list who already have a plot at another Merton allotment site must swap plots and cannot take on an additional plot. You must inform us when you apply for an allotment plot if you already have a plot elsewhere.
Please note - our next plot viewings are during November.
The current waiting list is shown below as of 22/01/20 and as you can see the person top of the waiting list only applied for a plot at the beginning of August 2018. Due to some people not being able to attend plot viewings or not replying, some plots were let recently to people who had only applied in March 2019! We have plots becoming available during the year and we hold regular plot viewings. We let 32 plots in 2017, 20 in 2018 and 25 in 2019. However, any new applicants are likely to wait about a year before being offered a plot viewing, although this has been known to have happened much quicker than this!
We will give you two chances of viewing plots, if you view and turn down those being offered to you then will be removed from the waiting list. If you are offered 3 viewings and either do not attend or decide on the last viewing that there isn't a suitable plot then we will remove you from the waiting list. If you do not respond to our emails you will also be removed from the waiting list! It makes much more work for the volunteers on the committee trying to organise plot viewings if this happens. If you have been removed from the waiting list you are always welcome to re-apply in the future when you have more time.
Applications are dealt with in order of the date applied. If you have moved down the waiting list this is simply because someone else applied before you which hadn't been picked up before you were informed of your position on the waiting list.