Tilehurst Allotments are on land belonging to the Tilehurst Poors Land Charity.
There are two sites: the Main Site and the Chapel Hill Site.
The Main Site lies on a hillside in Tilehurst overlooking the Thames valley. The site is ancient common land steeped in a wealth of history. We are lucky that this area has not been built on. It is an inspirational, quiet and fruitful environment in an otherwise increasingly materialistic, noisy and busy world.
The Chapel Hill Site is a far smaller site that nestles unexpectedly in amongst fairly modern housing. It is a little gem.
However, the trustees have not let any plots on the Chapel Hill site since September 2015. One of the plotholders wrote this heartfelt lament about the loss of their plot. Bye Bye Chapel Hill - a lament
Read about the backgound history in the Special Edition of Digit. It seems that the trustees hoped to obtain planning permission for houses to be built on this land. In the mean time it was left unused. Recently, in 2015, a planning application was put in to build 3 houses on the Chapel Hill allotments site. Tilehurst Allotments Society lodged strong objections to the proposed plans. Click here to see their letter of objection. The RBC Principal Planning Officer heading up this planning application sent this reply to the applicants. Here is the final planning decision. A must read.
Tilehurst Allotments Society is run by a committee elected each year by the allotmentholders.
For further information about Tilehurst Allotments contact
Tilehurst Horticultural Association
Tilehurst has a flourishing and lively horticultural society. Become a member and get the benefit of what it has to offer. As a plotholder you will save money and enjoy the THA activities but you don't have to be a plotholder to become a member of THA.
White Tower Nursery
White Tower Nursery is in Aldermaston. They have a wide range of seeds, seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots, and all sorts of plants.
Collins Hardware is in Pangbourne. As well as having a large stock of general hardware, Collins has seeds, compost, fertilizers and a full range supplies to meet your gardening needs. Tilehurst Horticultural members will get a discount when they show their membership card.
Useful information from the BBC