July 2020 Allotment News

Bonfires still banned

Many of our members have asked when the emergency rule banning bonfires will be relaxed. We are following the guidance of the National Allotments Society (NSALG) posted on their website. People are still dying of Covid19 and those suffering the disease experience difficulty breathing; smoke from bonfires will give them more difficulty breathing. Check out the guidance from NSALG for any updates.

Welcome Stephen – new steward for Scott Road

Stephen Payne is the latest addition to our stewarding team at Scott Road. He is ready to help, has great ideas and suggestions. He has already organised a straw delivery, set up our Scott Road Facebook page and helped clear a vacant plot ready for a new tenant, amongst other things. To contact Stephen, see his phone number below.

Facebook page  for Scott Road

Scott Road allotments now has its own Facebook page. Members are sharing tips and ideas, answering questions and offering surplus plants. To join, search Facebook for Scott Road Allotments, Kettering and ask to join. Content is moderated.

Track improved at Scott Road

Many thanks to Jo, Gareth and Andy who worked really hard to improve one of the tracks at Scott Road recently. The new track is brilliant, almost as smooth as the M1

Good neighbours

Is your neighbour isolating, shielding or unwell? Thanks for helping

In this difficult year many people have been told to isolate or stay at home and shield to avoid possible exposure to the virus. Their plots will not be tended and may have got overgrown. Many allotment neighbours are helping to keep these plots tidy. Many thanks if you have helped in this way. 

If your neighbour’s plot is getting weedy and overgrown please let us know and we can enquire with your neighbours on ways to help. Your first point of contact is your field steward. Here are the contact numbers

Margaret Road – Tony and Sue Munt 01536 392 742

Windmill Avenue – George White 01536 

Northfield Avenue – Harry Pope 01536 503 263. or  07518 265 286

Scott Road – Stephen Payne 07788 627 525

Scott Road – Pat Mullins  07967 516 625

Russell Attwood 07981 598 332

Lasagna Gardening finally reaches the Sun newspaper

see the link below. Some of our members have been using no-dig and similar methods for many years. It is good to see these successful methods being circulated more widely.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/11759484/woman-share-simple-tip-stop-weeds-grow-garden-newspaper/

On a similar theme, Check out our photo blog on transforming an overgrown plot without digging

Remain vigilant and prevent fly-tipping

With bonfires banned and queues at the recycling tip, instances of fly-tipping are being reported all over the country. We need to keep vigilant and maintain our site security (lock gates etc) to prevent any fly tipping on allotment land. 

Most allotment waste can be recycled – as compost. If you have any non-recyclable waste on your allotment, consider taking it home to your wheelie bin, or ask your stewards for advice and suggestions.

April 2020 Allotment News

Emergency Procedures on allotments

For updated Cover 19 emergency procedures on allotments- check this link to NSALG regularly

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

Unprecedented Times

The Covid19 pandemic is affecting us all.

Many members are self-isolating if they have pre-existing medical conditions or are unwell.

We are all required to comply with the restrictions imposed by HM Government and are following advice published by the National Allotments Society (NSALG) on its website.

Many thanks to Monica and field stewards who printed and laminated the information and tied it to our gates.

Disinfect the gates, padlocks etc

At the time of writing, allotment members are still allowed to cultivate their plots as their daily permitted exercise. Keep your distance at all times and no social mixing or sharing of tools. Check NSALG website for updates or new restrictions.

if we keep distance from others, our main vulnerability on an allotment is touching the gate and padlock. Therefore, please disinfect/sanitise these before and after handling them and wear gloves. Wash hands regularly with soap (but don’t use water buts to wash).

Information from KBC – Kettering Borough Council

These guidance notes in summary suggest allotment holders:

• Keep hand sanitiser in their shed and wash their hands regularly

• Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locked

• 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 their hands in water troughs

• Recommend that all communal facilities are closed

• If allotment holders have livestock on the site and must visit twice a day, then they should take a photograph on their phone of their livestock, based on what is happening in other countries they may eventually 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 they 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.

Further advice from the Association can be found at the following link:

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

Please all stay safe

Waiting Lists Growing

Many people have contacted us to apply for an allotment. The government restrictions mean that we cannot process these in our normal way. Please be patient.

News from Northampton

Meanwhile, nearby in Northampton there is a news story that might interest you

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/people/northampton-borough-council-makes-u-turn-over-allotment-user-ban-2518129?itm_source=parsely-api

Some ideas to cope with restrictions

If we cannot get to our plots as often due to lockdown restrictions there are some things we can do to minimise the catching up when we resume.

Cover the ground with black weed control fabric or cardboard and mulch.

This mulch will suppress weeds in the coming weeks. If you then have plants or seedlings to go out then cut a small hole through the mulch and pop them in. see more in our post on low maintenance gardening – link below.

 Very low maintenance gardening.

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