Allotment News November 2016

Remember, remember …

Although we discourage bonfires and promote composting all garden waste on our plots or using the municipal green waste recycling bins…

If you wish to have a bonfire, November 5th is probably the best chance you will get. We are less likely to get complaints on that day. This year the 5th is a Saturday. If you are planning a fire, keep your tinder dry to avoid smoke nuisance and take every precaution to stay safe. Only dry woody garden waste may be burned (no carpets, plastics, domestic waste or other toxic material allowed). Burning toxic waste may lead to your prosecution by the authorities and disciplinary action by the committee.

Please number your plot

We are encouraging our members to number their plots. Knowing our plot numbers really helps when contacting the committee, for example when paying our annual rent  (due in January 2017). Please include your plot number with any enquiry or payment, so we know who you are.

2017 Rent – no increase from 2016

We are pleased to announce that the rents will be the same next year. There will be no increase. Good news for all of us.

Please measure and prune any miniature fruit trees on your plot

One of our rules (number 36) states that no trees are permitted on our allotments other than miniature fruit trees. The maximum height of such fruit trees is 8 feet high. If your tree is higher than this you should prune it now (suggested height 6-7 feet so that it remains below 8 feet for the year ahead).

Any other trees (non-fruit) should be removed. Please contact your field steward if you have any queries about this or need specialist help. We can recommend a tree surgeon for larger trees. Always carry out a risk assessment if tree felling, see our Health and Safety Policy guidelines for more details and do not hesitate to contact your field steward for advice.

Improving Security at Margaret Road

The Society has now taken delivery of metal Heras panels to reinforce the fence at Margaret Road. Volunteers are requested to help fit these panels securely. Please contact the Margaret Road field stewards if you are able to volunteer, or email the secretary who will pass your offer on.

Our Centenary Approaches

Did you know that Kettering Allotments Society was first registered in April 1917? Back then we were known as Kettering Allotments Limited and registered as an Industrial Friendly Provident Society. Government legislation has changed these terms, but our Society has continued since then. We know that there were allotments in Kettering and a Society before 1917 as our prestigious annual cup was won by Tom Bridgstock before the First World War. if anyone has any more information on Kettering Allotments in the past, please contact us.  

If you have an idea of how we can mark our centenary, please let us know.

Easy weeding at a reasonable price

Some members have started using black membrane plastic to cover their plots in winter to keep the weeds down. It is important to use a thick heavy grade. Some thin materials are sold in shops will get shredded by the wind and are almost see-through, so weeds just keep growing.  You need at least 100 gsm thickness (grams per square metre).  See this link on Amazon for  one supplier The photo below shows an experiment to compare black fabric mulch with straw on top of cardboard.


Meet the committee

This is the first of what we hope will be a regular feature to enable you to know more about your committee members.

Russell Attwood – committee secretary and field steward for Scott Road


  • favourite vegetable – pumpkin
  • favourite tools – scythe and hoe
  • enjoys mulching, weeding and singing pumpkin songs


5 thoughts on “Allotment News November 2016

  1. Brilliant! What you didn’t mention, how many years have you had an allotment and been secretary?
    We thoroughly enjoyed your pumpkin talk at the library last week and laughed so much. Loved your pumpkin songs!
    On the serious side, learnt some interesting and useful tips. Thank you Russell.


  2. Somone left some bean seeds in my greenhouse. Tryed finding out who left them but no joy I would just like to say thankyou very much for the beans.


    • I shall have to ask the treasurer for the exact amount, but approximately £1000 the committee had budgeted £1500 so we were pleased that it turned out cheaper. We think it is good value as experience at Scott Road has shown this really has helped security.


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