Urgent update on Covid19 Pandemic

Please read this advice from the National Allotment Society on the virus pandemic

https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

Coronavirus Emergency Measures

Following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, all group NAS meetings have been cancelled with immediate effect and will be reviewed on the 30th June 2020. This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff remains our number one priority.

I know many Associations, have taken decisions to cancel plot inspections, seed swaps, association trips and annual judging; scheduled Committee meetings and AGM’s should also be postponed.  It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and informationissued by the government.  It would be a good idea for Associations to give a telephone or email address for anyone with problems to allow contact.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager.  Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.

We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important.  Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.

Members should take the following precautionary measures :

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • If you have communal buildings on site such as toilets, communal huts or shops please consider the risk to yourselves and your volunteers if they stay open. If you do keep them open make sure that hand -sanitiser is available and clean on a regular basis; at least twice a day.
  • Click here for guidance if you do need to clean an area that has been visited by an infected person.
  • If you have livestock on the site and the restrictions become more severe, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock, based on what is happening in other countries you may have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.
  • Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

Those Association who operate shops will have to consider what action to take, whether to close totally, allow only one person in at a time, currently accepting cash is not a good idea.  We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.

Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis at this link.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For NHS information and advice CLICK HERE

March 2020 Allotment News

AGM soon!

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Tuesday 10th March at 7:45pm at the Corn Market Hall

More details on our website – click below for links to

AGM Agenda

Secretary’s Annual Report

Items for discussion

Some members have made suggestions for ideas to discuss at the end of the AGM including:

  1. Further measures to encourage members to collect rainwater and reduce our use of mains water
  2. Participation in the KBC event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day  Saturday 9th May
  3. Clearing waste from plots

Tell us what you think. We value the opinions of our members.

Track improvement at Margaret Road and Scott Road

Many thanks to our members and field stewards who have helped lay down gravel and stones on the tracks/ridings at Margaret Road. This work helps to make the tracks more navigable, following the wet weather and damage from vehicles.

Meanwhile, please keep vehicle movements to a minimum when the ground is wet. Please obey signs and advice to avoid driving on soft ground to prevent further damage.

Scott Road has also seen some work on improving and repairing the track/ridings. Many thanks to all those members who have helped. Further work is planned.

Security improved at Scott Road

A few more metal Heras panels have been fitted along weak points in our boundary hedge. In time, the hedge thorns will grow through the metal wires and become an impenetrable barrier.

Book review – our chairman is famous!

Local author Julia Thorley’s latest book is all about our chairman Clive (see below for photo) and his first year of retirement

A sparge bag on the washing line is an hilarious account, with many adventures on his allotment at Scott Road

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sparge-Bag-Washing-Line/dp/1911559915/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1QHAU1Z3L1PWF&keywords=sparge+bag+on+the+washing+line&qid=1582577610&sprefix=sparge+bag%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1

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