Advance notice of road closure next Saturday – Scott Road
Scott Road will be closed to vehicles on Saturday 5 June all day. This is to allow BT to install infrastructure for the new houses being built. Pedestrian access will remain.
Please mow the ridings
Now we have ended no-mow May, please mow or strim the grass paths and ridings adjacent to your plot. This time of year the grass is growing well. Please remember to keep the grass mown near your plot. (see rule 34 of our RULES)
Great source of IBC water tanks (thousand litres) delivered to your plot
The cost is great value for money – only £45
Contact Roy Edmunds
IBCs – for £45 including delivery phone Roy on 07515 915 197
or email Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fox’s Pallets also sell water barrels, IBCs and other useful allotment items.
location= A14 roundabout, Rothwell Rd, Kettering NN16 8XF
News from the committee
Disciplinary policy reviewed and updated. The committee has reviewed and updated our disciplinary policy. This can be found on our website
News from National Allotments Society
Kind words from a new tenant received by text
It’s great to have good news to report. This text was received by a steward from a new member…
“Good afternoon, trust the family is well. We are very grateful for the allotment. We are loving our plot with special thanks to Patrick who is very pleasant and helpful. Kindly help us to say a big thank you to him. He has been very helpful in every way. We are mainly there Sunday afternoons and Mondays, our day off and hope to see you there one of these days.”
Facebook competitions and more
Our Facebook group goes from strength to strength and there are now some fun competitions with great prizes. Look for Kettering Allotments on Facebook
Your Questions Answered…
We always welcome feedback and questions. Recently a member queried why we are discouraging tyres on plots. The following link to an article explains why tyres are considered toxic waste and should not be used on gardens.
The facts about tyres
Tyres are extremely durable. During manufacture, natural rubber is combined with synthetic rubber and treated with a cocktail of chemicals, some toxic or known carcinogens, others more innocuous, to make the tyre withstand all the forces that will act upon it on the road.
Each of these forces works in a different way on the tyre, but over time collude to break it back down into its constituent parts.
During this process, the various chemicals and compounds are slowly released through off-gassing, particulate matter or ‘tyre dust’, or as chemicals, leaching out into water.
Tyres and toxins
Most off-gassing occurs within the first year, for example, that ‘new carpet smell’, and given that tyres typically are 3 to 5 years old before being discarded, this would not really seem to be an issue.
What should be of greater concern to growers, is the gradual erosion through water and sunlight, and any leachate of chemicals and toxins that may occur to contaminate the surrounding the soil and anything grown in it.
The point is that if there is a source of pollution, then the important thing is to remove the risk by eliminating any pathway from it.
In this case, placing potatoes and soil in a tyre and then watering it is not eliminating the pathway; it is exacerbating it by joining the dots so that toxins can flow freely from the tyres into plants and then build up in the food.
Remember discounts are available for you
Discounts at B&Q and Screwfix
Thanks to Guv, our members can apply for discounts at ScrewFix and B&Q
Email Guv at .info@purchasingfor business.co.uk You will need to provide name, address and email to get the discounts
See Guv’s message below:
I can provide all your allotment members exclusive access to a 10% discount at B&Q & 5% discount at Screwfix. They can email me and state you are from Kettering Allotments email@example.com
https://www.purchasingforbusiness.co.uk/contact-us/ and request the discounts and reference your membership for Kettering Allotments. To sign them up for the discounts we would need there name, address, phone and email and we can then set up there discounts
Discounts at Hevey
Hevey are still offering discount for our members. Please ask for your Kettering Allotment discount when purchasing there.
We have been informed of another discount for allotment members. This time it is GB plastics on the Telford Way industrial park in Kettering, details below. You will nee to identify yourself as a member of Kettering Allotments Society to get the discount. Show your key fob or allotment key.