Welcome to Fitzroy Park Allotments' website!
Fitzroy Park Allotments - one of North London's best-kept bucolic secrets - is located on the south-west slopes of Highgate Hill, alongside the much-cherished and well-known public open space of Hampstead Heath.
As such, as well as supplying its gardeners with plentiful home-grown fruit and veg., this 80-plot allotment site - the largest in the Borough of Camden - complements the local natural habitat mosaic of gardens, woodlands, wood pasture, coppice and heath.
Indeed, we're not short of wildlife on the plots, with high and diverse populations of insects and birds, as well as bees, whether bumble, honey or solitary, much herpetofauna, and mammals ranging from foxes to voles.
It must be said, not all this biodiversity proves an ideal fit with allotment gardening! Brassicas un-netted soon disappear down the gullets of our tribes of woodpigeons, and the growing numbers - not to say confidence - of the local flock of ring-necked parakeets, mean the same netting tactics will soon need to be applied to all our fruit trees...
... and I'm not even going to mention the simuliid flies!
A video about Fitzroy Park Allotments
Part of the Fitzroy site was first acquired for allotments in 1922. Check out history here. Thus we have here almost a century of continuous allotment garden use, and there is no doubt that, over this time span, the site has tracked all the ups and downs in the popularity level of allotment gardening, as both an economic and leisure activity, with the latter aspect tending to predominate in recent decades.
In popularity terms of course allotments are on a terrific "up" at present, what with a growing public awareness of the drawbacks of industrialised agriculture and food production. Demand for plots hereabouts has never been higher, and the sad fact is that, due to overwhelming demand, the Fitzroy waiting list has been closed now for several years, with those "lucky" enough to be on it, having to wait up to 20 years for a plot!
On balance, in recognising this quite unfortunate state-of-affairs, it is noteworthy that, as an inner-London borough (and unlike most of the country) Camden is not obliged to provide for allotment gardens at all. The fact that it continues to offer strong support for its rare plots, in spite of pressure for other land uses, particularly housing, is well-appreciated and is a fine testament to Camden's continuing support for "green" issues of all types. Long may this continue!
At the time of writing this, in 2017, Fitzroy Park allotments are self-managed by the allotments committee under a two-year agency agreement. The committee has made valiant efforts to maintain the Fitzroy plots for what they are, a much-loved local community gardening resource.