June 2018 Allotment News

Not much news (a good thing in June)

This time of year the weeds (and hopefully our crops) are growing rapidly and allotment gardeners are very busy. Perhaps it is a good thing that there is not too much to report, as we need as much time as possible to tend our plots.

Also, there is a lot of truth in the saying that “no news is good news”

Investment in Margaret Road

One piece of good news is that the committee has bought Heras panels to reinforce the fence at Margaret Road. This method has previously been successful at the Scott Road field. The idea is that in the medium to long term we can grow brambles in between the wires of these panels. The combination of metal fence and thorny bramble is very effective for security.

Therefore is your plot is on a fence boundary at Margaret Road, please allow brambles to grow through the fence and in between the metal mesh. Please do not cut any existing brambles that are on the boundary fence. This will help your security as well as everyone else’s. If you need any help or have any comments on this, please contact your field steward.

Field stewards appointed

Our constitution and committee structure is such that the field stewards are appointed by the committee every year. The names of the stewards for each field are listed below. Please contact your steward in the first instance if you have a query, suggestion, problem etc. You are always welcome to contact us directly (see contact us) if you have news or suggestions.

Margaret Road – Tony Munt, Sue Munt, Lee Farmer, Claire Wallis

Northfield Avenue – Harry Pope (there is a vacancy for a second steward)

Windmill Avenue – George White, Ilona Bickle

Scott Road – Chris Hulston, Pat Mullins, Russell Attwood

Slug Patrol

We have warm and wet weather and planted our young tender vegetables, so perfect condition for slugs. Do you have any advice or tips for slug control? Let us know your preferred method.

Rats at Windmill Avenue

We are aware that there was a rat problem at Windmill Avenue earlier in the Spring. Please accept our assurances that rigorous control measures are in place. Many rats have been caught and disposed of and extreme vigilance is being maintained to eliminate the problem altogether. Many thanks to the stewards and members at Windmill Avenue who have worked hard to solve this problem. If you spot a rat, please inform your steward. Please make sure that your plot does not have places for shelter or food that might encourage rats.

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