Suppliers of Goods and Services
Suppliers of goods and services
This is a list of suppliers of goods and services that have been brought to our attention by allotment societies. It is not intended to be comprehensive and inclusion does not imply that they are recommended by the Federation. It was last revised in October 2018.
If a supplier falls into more than one category, it has been put in the principal category to which it belongs.
The categories are:
While contact details for suppliers, such as names of people, telephone numbers and email addresses are given here, it is possible that some might have changed. You can usually check them by going to the websites. If you find that any of them has changed, or if a society wishes to suggest a supplier to be added to the list, full details should be sent to email@example.com.
General Horticultural Supplies
Horticultural Supplies Ltd
A horticultural supplier with a special catalogue for allotment societies. General supplies, seed potatoes and onion sets:
Horticultural Supplies Ltd, The Yard, Somersham Road, Bramford, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 4NS
InterHort (formerly Taylors Choice)
InterHort specialises in the supply of horticultural products across the UK, offering expert and knowledgeable advice to all its customers. There is a part of their website for trade/allotment societies.
InterHort, 2nd Avenue, Radnor Park Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4UE.
Provender Nurseries is an established wholesale trade supplier of plants, soil and related horticultural sundries based in Kent and serving trade professionals throughout London, the South East and further afield. They supply to all aspects of the horticultural trade, landscape and amenity sectors including garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, golf courses, schools, local authorities, professional gardeners and allotment societies.
Provender Nurseries Ltd, The Landscape Centre, Leydenhatch Lane, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7PS
01322 662315 www.provendernurseries.co.uk.
Plants and Seeds
Seeds of Italy
Seeds of Italy supply the Franchi range of Italian seeds and other horticultural and related products. They offer discounts to allotment societies for bulk orders over a certain value
Paolo Arrigo, D2 Phoenix Business Centre, Rosslyn Crescent, HA1 2SP.
A horticultural supplier with a special catalogue for allotment societies, the same catalogue as that available from the National Allotment Society (NAS)
Kings Seeds, Coggeshall Road, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex CO5 9PG.
Plants of Distinction
Plants of Distinction is a small independently run family business. They will accept either one collective order from site secretaries and despatch one parcel back to them, or societies send them the members’ individual orders and the company either post back each order (separately packed) in one box to the society for redistributing – or just post back directly to the member’s home address. The firm offer a 50% discount off all seeds however they do ask that the ‘collective’ order totals £200.00. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or at Church Farm Cottage, The Street, Framsden, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6HG Tel: 01449 721720 www.plantsofdistinction.co.uk
Church Farm Cottage, The Street, Framsden, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6HG
Order Hotline: 01449 721720 Customer Service: 01449 721720
Thompson & Morgan
This is a well established company able to offer enhanced discounts to those clubs/associations that are able to place bulk orders for their members from T&M’s three main catalogues – Seeds, Kitchen Garden and Fruit catalogues. The discounts are 50% off seeds, and 20% off plants, potatoes, onions, bulbs, fruit and gardening equipment, and 3 for 2 on their fertiliser range. The minimum order is £100 on the first order of the season (after discounts have been taken off) and £25 on any subsequent orders throughout the year.
Thompson & Morgan, Poplar Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3BU
Arboricultural Wood Chip
There are many local arboricultural contractors operating throughout the borough. If they cannot dispose of the woodchip from the tree trash on their work site, it becomes a waste product which costs them money to dispose of legally. Most of them are eager to supply allotments at no cost with a heap which is topped up whenever they are working in your area. These contractors include
- Tree Matters – contact details are given on their website at www.treematters.co.uk/contact/
- Burnwell Trees – contact Gareth Wellburn by telephone at 020 7275 9930 or 07808 728094, or by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Waste Compost
Now that North London Waste is no longer delivering compost to allotments in Barnet, an alternatve source is Greenmantle in Hendon. Their black stuff is an entirely green waste compost made from the garden prunings produced by the 30 teams who go out doing garden maintenance each day. This is normally left in a loose pile for 3 months, then shredded to a separate pile for 3 months and finally screened to a fine compost and left for another 3 months to break down.
Greenmantle do not charge for this compost, but they need to cover transport costs. If a society has room on site for a large quantity, it will probably be worth hiring a grab lorry for half a day to deliver it. Smaller quantities are also possible.
In the first instance, please email John Plummer on email@example.com and take it from there.
Jay Wilding from Chelmsford has been in touch offering horse manure. He says that it is well rotted 100% horse manure with no bedding mixed in, collected from the fields and put through a macerator. All bags cost £1 each. He is based in Chelmsford in Essex and can deliver up to 40 miles with large orders up to 100 bags.
Jay Wilding, Tel: 01245 226986 or 07540 494516.
Rabbit and Guinea Pig Manure
Manure in wood shavings from animal pens is available from a firm of breeders in Potters Bar. They can deliver to anywhere around East Barnet, Barnet, New Barnet, Southgate, Friern Barnet, or Potters Bar. For anywhere more far flung, bags can be left out to be collected. They have about 10 liftable black bags per week.
Contact Jane or Paul on 07944889444 or 02083682281 or their shop in Potters Bar on 01707652287.
If scrap metal builds up on your site and you don’t have any way to get rid of it, apart from a skip, then you may want to use the free services of the following collector who already collect from some allotment sites. Just separate the metal from other waste.
R F Metals, John on Tel: 07847 280 164
Cleveland Sitesafe Ltd supply a range of containers to store equipment safely
A number of allotment sites have composting toilets supplied by Kazuba, NatSol and Ecotoilets.
Kazuba UK distributors are WooWoo, 5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ
NatSol Ltd, Units 5 & 6, Maesyllan Enterprise Park, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6DF
Ecotoilets Ltd, Unit 1 Bitteswell Business Park, Ullesthorpe Road, Bitteswell, Lutterworth, LE17 4LR
Galvanised Water Tanks
The traditional 600 x 600 x 750mm (2’ x 2’ x 2’6”) galvanised steel water tank used on many allotment sites is no longer made – except to special order at silly prices. Modern plastic water tanks are not designed for exposure out of doors and do not last very well. However one supplier of galvanised animal troughs persuaded a manufacturer to make two ‘allotment’ tanks as part of a large order for other products. If you need such tanks for your site, the supplier contact to try is:
R G H Supplies Ltd, Pallinghurst Farm, Guildford Road, Rudgwick, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3BQ.
The three UK manufacturers of galvanised water tanks are:
L M Bateman & Co Ltd 01538 361326 www.lmbateman.co.uk
David Ritchie (Implements) Ltd www.ritchie-d.co.uk
Old scaffold boards are universally useful on allotment sites. Many suppliers advertise on ebay. One society has obtained them from Scrap Boards Direct, TRAD House Imperial Street, Bromley-by-Bow, E3 3ED, 02087095441, firstname.lastname@example.org. They do not have a website, but you can find them on ebay. In common with most such firms, they do not deliver so you will have to collect.
Wooden railway sleepers come in various sizes, timbers and qualities, both new and used. Typically they cost £20-30 each. Softwood timbers are traditionally treated with creosote and should not be used adjacent to food, children, bare skin or clothing. Untreated hardwood such as oak are available but greatest durability is likely from untreated Australian jarrah hardwood. Inspect the sleepers before ordering to make sure the quality is what you want. If ordering small quantities the delivery cost can be prohibitive but if you aren’t in a hurry the following supplier will deliver your sleepers for a modest price when delivering elsewhere in North London.
Matt Woodfield, St Albans Stone, Albert Bygraves Centre, A414 North Orbital Road, St Albans, AL2 1DL
Railway sleepers need very long screws to connect them. The standard solution is heavy duty timber screws imported by Carpenters Mate. See the website at www.oscsales.co.uk/carpenters-mate for local distributors.
Always obtain a copy of any contractor’s public and employers liability insurance certificates and check the sums insured and the dates of the period of insurance before allowing work to commence.
There are plenty of small landscape contractors who will do clearance work on allotment sites. Highly recommended and an allotment holder himself is: Paul Castignetti, email@example.com. 07754 101306
Fencing, Gates and Plumbing
Michael O’Leary of J O’Leary & Son is well known throughout the borough’s allotments as the council’s contractor for fencing, gates, plumbing and other works on allotments.
111 Jacketts Field, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0EN. 01923 443364, 07979 853017, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many tree surgeons operating in Barnet or neighbouring boroughs borough including:
- Roger Jeffs, an allotment holder himself, will do tree work for allotment societies. 07952 425875.
- Tree Matters, based in Muswell Hill and Camden, have worked on Federation sites. They also supply woodchip free of charge. 07901 552 223, 020 8444 9461, www.treematters.co.uk, email@example.com
- Burnwell Trees, based in Stoke Newington. They also supply woodchip free of charge. Contact Gareth Wellburn 020 7275 9930, 07808 728094, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
From further afield, but recommended by allotment societies that have used its services, is B & N Tree Care (Arborists) Ltd, The Old Dairy, Haddenham Road, Kingsey, Buckinghamshire HP17 8LR. Contact Neville Donaldson 0800 1959889, 07977 489787 firstname.lastname@example.org
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