Rent Renewals for 2020
The EDAA treasurer has recently finished reviewing all the Tenancy Agreements, updating the Rent Book and streamlining the EDAA database. This huge task has delayed issuing the rent renewals by a couple of weeks this year, but was necessary to make running of the association more accurate and efficient in the future. Rent Renewal Notices have now been emailed/posted to all members.
The AGM is Saturday 15th February at 10.00am St John's Church, Withycombe Village Road. This is an opportunity to meet the current committee, including our new treasurer, and join with us to celebrate the group's developments and successes. We will review this year's budget and discuss future developments. Please attend if you can.
Impressive new plotholders A handful of new tenants have taken on difficult plots at Hamilton Lane. We have been impressed by the hard work they have put into getting these neglected plots clear and ready for action. We are sure all their hard work will pay off and wish them happy times growing and eating next year.
Vacant plots There are currently several vacant plots on both sites and we hope to get new tenants enrolled on these so that they can get to work as soon the soil is dry enough to work on.
HL site clearance As part of our continuing site improvements we have spent two days strimming and clearing the base of the bank at the end of the main site. This has brought a significant area back into shared use and it is ready to store bark chippings and for composting.
PL wildlife hedge We have been clearing the banks and getting ready to plant a hedge of native fruiting bushes. Like the perennial wildflower bank created last winter beside gate 2, this year's project will not only enhance the site for "human" users but also support wildlife and encourage biodiversity; a "win win" situation, surely!
PL turning circle Adrian and Ken have finished the new retaining wall around the chippings store and turning circle. Spurred on by this great improvement, the January winter working party cleared the adjacent banks.Thanks to everyone who has helped with this project - from building walls,hacking brambles out, endless wheelbarrowing to tea making. The central community area is looking very smart.
Foxes There was a family of foxes under a derelict shed at Hamilton lane but they have moved on and the shed has been taken down. Please be aware that foxes, like badgers, are a protected species.
Broken Glass Broken Glass is a safety hazard on the allotments. The committee would prefer you to take any broken glass on your plot to the council tip.However this may not always be possible.
Broken glass has been collected from Pound Lane allotments for some months in containers close to the summerhouse and the turning circle.
At Hamilton Lane site there are containers placed outside the shop, at Arthur's Pass and near the raised beds on the Kingston Road section.
The containers are for broken glass only, not glass in frames. It must fit into the container so needs to be in smaller pieces. Please do not create a safety hazard by leaving glass outside the container. If the containers fill quickly you may have to wait before adding your glass.
Slug pellets We now have new slug pellets in the shop. They are based on Ferric Phosphate, are organic and break down in the soil. At £4.00 per drum these are very competitively priced.
Clean air The committee has been made aware of the District Council's Clean Air Policy and, to that end, has decided to encourage plotholders to compost as much garden waste as possible and reduce the use of bonfires.
Plotholders having a bonfire are reminded that it is important to follow EDAA guidelines carefully so that environmental impact is kept to minimum:
- Only dry organic material that is a waste product from the allotment may be burned. Plastics, rubber and other oil-based products must not be burned.
- A bonfire must not be allowed to give out dense smoke and must be doused if this happens. Smoke should not be allowed to drift towards houses or across nearby highways.
- No fire should be left unattended.