The objects of the Oakwood Horticultural Society are to :

  1. encourage horticulture and the cultivation of allotments and gardens
  2. promote shows for the exhibition by amateur gardeners of flowers, vegetables and fruit
  3. undertake the purchase and sale to its members of horticultural and gardening materials and supplies through its trading shed


The Society was formed in 1948 when it was known as The Oakwood North & District Allotment Society. It then included the allotments of the Southgate Chase Society which are to be found behind the present Asda store in Southgate. The then Reservoir Road sites were either side of Rose Cottage, the present trading shed, whose tenant had a smallholding there where he also raised pigs.  When the tenancy fell in, the Society’s interest expanded to take over all the land behind the blocks of flats on Reservoir Road.

In 1958 a fire destroyed the top floor of Rose Cottage, originally a two-storey dwelling.  It was then given to the Society after the Council had re-roofed it, at the same time turning it into a single storey structure. Initial alterations were undertaken by members to make more appropriate use of the interior as a trading and storage area. Having only basic plumbing facilities, Rose Cottage was given a substantial uplift in 2004 when electricity was brought on to the site allowing for lighting and heating for the first time. This followed the successful application for a Lottery Grant and some hard work undertaken by members, all of whom now benefit from the improved facilities.

Allotment Show and BBQ

The Society’s popular and fun Annual Show is held early in September. Entries are welcome, not only from allotment plot holders, but any member – including the children of members and for whom a special class has been established to encourage the next generation of gardeners!


You can find us here:


Oakwood Horticultural Society
Oakwood Allotment Site, Reservoir Road, Oakwood, London N14 4BE