Allotment Week Celebrations:
On Sunday 11th August at 3 o'clock Pound Lane plotholders are inviting family and friends to join them to sample an array of allotment jams at their Summer Celebration cream tea.
Everyone's invited to a barn dance at the Hamilton Lane site on Saturday 17th August at 3 o'clock. And if your not exhausted from that, the festivities will continue with a BBQ on the Community Plot. Please bring your own picnic and food to barbecue. Family and friends welcome.
South West in Bloom Judges visited the Hamilton Road site on 15th of July. they were particularly interested to visit the Community Plot and the Devon Wildlife garden as good practice in community gardening.
New community project A group of plotholders have begun clearing HL74 and it's large derelict polytunnel to get it ready for a new community project so watch this space.
Resignations After many years of hard work for EDAA between them both Gill and Karol are stepping down from their roles as association a secretary and chair respectively, in the near future. We thank them for their dedication and hard work and must now begin the difficult task of finding replacements. If anyone has any ideas about this please speak to a committee member.
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 from containers close to the summerhouse and the turning circle.
This facility will start on the Hamilton Lane site in early July with containers placed outside the shop, at Authur'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 small pieces. Please do not risk a safety hazard by leaving glass outside the container if the container is full. The containers may fill quickly initially but they will be emptied weekly: you may have to wait a week or so before adding your glass.
Slug pellets Last year DEFRA decided that the chemical metaldehyde "posed an unacceptable risk to birds and mammals" and banned its use from June 2019. We now have new slug pellets in the shop. They are based on Ferric Chloride, 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.