Summer Harvests

 

 

During lockdown allotments can still be used for daily exercise. Unless you are feeding livestock you can only make one visit each day and you should not bring food or anything that might be construed as a picnic. 

 

The National Allotment Association's basic COVID19 guidance:

  • Do not congregate in groups to chat
  • Only members of your household allowed on your plot
  • Observe “Social Distancing” (2 metres) on your plot and pathways.
  • Do not share tools
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • Only use your own water tap key.

The shops will only be open for rent payments or rent queries.

The gates will remain open during the day but, during the winter, will be locked at four o'clock so please don't come on site without your keys just incase!

 The community gardens and BBQs cannot be used.

Changes in rent payment for 2021

 Thank-you to everyone who has already got their heads around the change in rent payment methods this year. The treasurer's role in the association is key; overseeing finances, funding for development projects, making sure there is money for key aspects like water bills and site maintenance so if plotholders can help by making the rent collections less onerous there will be more time and energy for other things.

All plotholders have been sent a  general message about how to pay your rent and renew your membership. Plotholders are being asked to use the website to generate the rent invoice for their plot. Once you have the invoice it will also give clear payment instructions. If you have not received this message please check your spam folder.  If you cannot find this message please get in touch with us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your current email address and plot number so that we can update our records and send you the email that you have missed. 

Plotholders who do not have internet access can find out what their 2021 rent is by looking at the list by the shop. Then, pay rent directly to the treasurer at Hamilton Lane on Saturday and Sunday mornings in January. Rent cannot be paid at the Town Hall this year. Plotholders on Pound Lane who cannot get to Hamilton Lane to pay rent please speak to Carolyn or Tony.

The EDAA online shop will be closed during December and January to enable the shop software to be used to process rent and membership renewals. The Pound Lane shop will be open apart from the Christmas period.

 KINGS SEEDS Thank you  for your orders. We have recently had contact with King's Seeds to say that they are experiencing a doubling of numbers of orders this year. As this has coincided with having to half the numbers of staff working at any one time they have apologised for the unavoidable delay which will affect our second seed order. We will let you know as soon as seeds are with us in the site shops ready to be picked up.  Potatoes will be sold directly from the Hamilton Lane shop this year as soon as we open in February. Thet can also be ordered from the online shop or from Carolyn or Elaine at Pound Lane.

 Date for your diary: AGM - 20 February 2021

To enable plotholders to burn diseased plant material and woody tree prunings that cannot be composted plotholders are allowed one fire each month during October through to February. This will be on the old "bonfire days" for each site. Hamilton Road Wednesday and Saturday mornings and Pound Lane Sundays until 2 o'clock. Please make sure your fire is out before you leave it.

Plotholders who keep birds are reminded that, because of the risk of avian flu, any very sick birds or bird deaths should be assessed by a vet. The association takes it's responsibility towards livestock very seriously, and it is important that plotholders wanting to keep chickens, ducks, or bees on their plots seek both permission and guidance before they begin.

 We need to develop a controlled approach to the use of rat poison and have a volunteer on Hamilton Lane who will be trained to give guidance and monitor the use of rat poison on site. We need a volunteer for this role on the Pound Lane site too. Meanwhile anyone needing to use rat poison should apply via general inquiries on the allotment website.

 John Barwick has been in communication with Jurassic Fibre who have agreed to leave the Heris fencing on the Clairmont Road boundary. This will stay in place to maintain security, and the hedge allowed to regrow around it.

Improving security remains an ongoing issue for the  Hamilton Lane site and the program of fixing speed bumps on the internal roads will be completed over the winter.

 Response to the new expectation of all plotholders collecting water from structures on their plots has been very positive with many potholders happy to have been given that nudge to get organized. Prepared water butts fitted with a tap and lid costing £10 can be ordered from the online shop or through the site shops. As allotment sheds require only small amounts of guttering we hope to be able to set up  a central store of "left over" and repurposed guttering on both sites. If anyone has builder friends who can acquire used guttering that would be very useful.

Work on improving the turning circle and dropping off area at the end of the internal road at Pound Lane is progressing well and we are grateful to the team of plotholders who have continued to dig, clear, burn and get rubbish left on site to the tip. Also to Ken Campbell for all his planning and organisation, and to Adrian and Jim for helping Ken to get the groundworks done. More thanks to Helen, Fiona, Phil and Jean for who have stepped in to dig out the blooming bindweed and begin planting the newly created Devon bank with saved shrubs and indigenous hardy perennials. And finally thanks to Bob Daniels for construction of a composting bin to be used when volunteers are working on community areas.

 

 

 

 

 


Waiting for Frogs
Waiting for Frogs

 


New Wildlife Hedge at PL
New Wildlife Hedge at PL