November 2017 Allotment News

Bonfires allowed?

It is committee policy to discourage bonfires and against the law in some circumstances. However, Sunday November 5th is, perhaps, an exception as long as due consideration is given to safety and smoke nuisance is avoided. Full details of our bonfire guidance can be found on our website.

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/bonfires.html

Rents for 2018

Good news from the committee! The rents for 2018 will be the same as 2017. There is no change in rents or subscription rates. Rent will still be £2 per pole and membership subscription will be £2 per member.

2018 Rent reminders and payment requests will be sent out in early December, and payment is due on 1st January. Please make sure that your contact details are up to date so that you receive the rent reminder.

Dogs on Leads

Please be reminded that all dogs must be kept under control and on leads on allotment land. This is one of our rules. Rule 18 also states that all dog faeces must be bagged and removed from allotment land to be disposed of correctly.

Field stewards have received several complaints from different fields of incidents when dogs have been allowed to roam and not kept on a lead. Many people are afraid of all dogs and even dislike them; responsible dog owners understand this fact and keep their pets under control and on a lead.

Waiting list getting longer

Our waiting list is growing and more people want allotments. Please let us know if you are not intending to renew your membership for 2018 so we can allocate your plot to someone on the waiting list. If you have not been cultivating your plot recently then you will be asked to give up all or some of it. Please note that after 3 months non-cultivation your plot is considered to be vacant and you will be evicted so that someone on the waiting list can have an allotment.

Summer time is over – tracks may need to closed to vehicles

Now we have changed the clocks and summer time is over, the field stewards have turned off mains water and read the water meters. Winter weather means that the soil stays wet and it may be necessary to close our tracks and ridings to vehicles. This is to prevent your vehicle getting stuck in mud and also to prevent damage to the ridings. Please respect any signs or traffic cones when ridings are closed to vehicles.

Scott Road IBC water tank offer

One of our members (Brendon Smith) on Scott Road has two (2) IBC water tanks for sale. These hold a thousand litres of rain water. He is asking a very reasonable price of £15 each. Please text Brendon if you want to buy one on

07783 177 291

Seeds catalogues

Now is a good time to browse through seed catalogues and decide what to order and grow next year. We recommend Kings Seeds and Real Seeds, although there are many interesting varieties in Marshalls and Seeds of Italy or the Organic Gardening Catalogue.

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