The following advice has been taken from the National Society of Allotment and Liesure Gardeners:
Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, we are consulting with central government but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, to take daily exercise on their own or with members of your household.
It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.
Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
Associations should display an advice notice on their boards.
It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.
Members should take the following precautionary measures :
It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government.
As a management committee we can only pass on the advice that we are given it is important for all plot holders that everyone follows the guidance that we are given and we all stay safe.
This year the allotment association decided against the normal Open Day and decided to attend the local Carnival, the association had a stall at the carnival in conjunction with Colley Gate Gardening Club.
This enabled information about the allotment to be shared with a wider audience. Below is a picture of the stall.
At the carnival the members manning the stall met Marlene Watson the chairperson of the Black Country Society, Marlene has supported the gardening club in the past and is a keen gardener herself.
On 30th May 2019 we had a visit from James Morris MP who came to have a tour around the allotment and see what went on.
We also discussed with him the success that we had with the Green Flag award and the concerns for the allotment in view of the current Black Country Development plan and the potential for part of the allotment site to be lost for a housing development.
We are pleased to have achieved the Green Flag Community Award for the third year running with very positive feedback from the judge and an increased judges score.
The polytunnel cover for the Polytunnel belonging to Hales Homes, had split and was beyond repair, Northern Polytunnels agreed to supply a replacement at a discounted price, so Mick the Chairman applied for a grant for the money. This grant was successful and when the cover arrived Mick together with two other members of the committee and two friends replaced the cover.
Having achieved the Green Flag Community Award in 2016/17 we are pleased to have retained the award in 2017/18. The lads from Halas Homes were on hand to raise the flag when it arrived.
We had a very successful Open day on the 1st July with many more visitors than in previous years, including a number of perspective plot holders.
The Allotment has recieved a Green Flag Community Award, this is very pleasing as only a small percentage of allotments in the UK get this award. Below are a few of the comments from the judge: "The judge was particularly impressed with the welcome and friendliness of all individuals met on the day." "Excellent facilities onsite to allow wheel chair users to access allotment plots." In terms of Conservation of biodiversity: "Several Bee hives were identified throughout the site with many areas i.e. hedge bases left “wild looking” providing essential highways for wild life and sources of food throughout the year." In terms of Sustainable materials use: "Excellent, the whole site must be congratulated for the innovative ways that materials are sourced"
This was held on 23rd July and became a celebration of us achieving the Green Flag Community Award, which was announced on the 21st July!
We held the 2015 Open day on 25th July, this turned out to be an inspired choice of date in terms of the weather it being the only sunny day for a number of days both before and after. Unfortunately the date was a poor choice since a number of people were not able to attend due to holidays. The small group of committee members that organise and run the open day were still very pleased to make £90 profit on the day which will go to charity.
Below are a few images from the 2015 open day
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The Open day took place on 26th July 2014. This was the third Open Day that we have held at the Allotment, once again it was a success and we were lucky to have good weather. The Tombola helped to raise money for the disabled plots on site.
Below are a few images from the 2014 open day