Summer Harvests

Please continue to follow government guidelines on social contact to ensure your own safety when on site.

EDAA also ask you to follow these simple guidelines on site.

  • Only members of your household allowed on your plot
  • Observe “Social Distancing” on your plot and pathways.
  • Do not share tools
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • Only use your own water tap key.

 Unfortunately the toilets on both sites cannot be used as we cannot clean them every day.

 

 

The gate locking team have done a fine job in keeping the gates locked and sites  safe during full lockdowns. Fingers "hand gelled"  and crossed that we will not have to return to this practice. Both sites have returned to their standard practice over gate locking. Site security is a shared responsibility and we all need to be diligent in this however much longer we have stayed on site than we intended.

The late winter hedge cutting programme on both sites has revealed considerable amounts of historic rubbish in the hedges. We would like to remind plotholders that "fly tipping" of household or allotment rubbish into shared spaces on either site is unimaginative and thoughtless. Rubbish left around the site is unsightly for everyone else and can often be dangerous. It cannot be left but neither can the committee be expected to physically clear the site. Paying for rubbish removal, therefore, has to come from allotment funds and takes money way from site development. We will try and deal with this issue fairly quickly but meanwhile ask plotholders to please treat this shared green space with the care it deserves and the same care they'd give to their own front garden.

Now the winter bonfire months are over plotholders are asked to compost as much of their organic waste as they are able. Anything that is diseased or too woody must be kept until the autumn to burn or taken to the recycling centre.

 There have been lots of applications for polytunnels recently and the committee remind everyone with a tunnel that they cannot rely on metered water alone for their tunnels and that they also need to collect water for their crops.

 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.

 David Smith the HL rat officer has put together a guidance leaflet. This gives detailed guidance on how to discourage rats from visiting your plot and how to minimise the risk of coming into contact with rat urine. He has been looking around the HL site for obvious problems and is going to visit Pound Lane too. We are looking volunteer to support plotholders in dealing with rats on the Pound Lane site. This may not sound like a task with immediate appeal but it would provide invaluable support in running the site and keeping everyone safe. Meanwhile anyone needing to use rat poison should apply via general inquiries on the allotment website.

Site improvements:

The exciting project to create a clubhouse for community use at Hamilton Lane is progressing well. A ceiling has been put in which is already making the space much warmer. Cupboards and shelves  have been donated and a sink and water has been plumbed in.

The new path servicing plots 1-8 at Hamilton Lane has been created. This should be life changing for plotholders in that area and we hope to extend the path next year.

We have funding allocated to repaint all three community buildings on Pound Lane this spring. If you would like to help with this task please let Carolyn, Tony or Ken know. Getting this done will help stop the buildings from deteriorating and also smarten up the site no end.

 We are planning to create several bays for manure delivery on Pound Lane. This will enable plotholders who do not have a roadside plot to get manure dumped fairly near their plot.

 

 

 

 


Waiting for Frogs
Waiting for Frogs

 


New Wildlife Hedge at PL
New Wildlife Hedge at PL