We are grateful to the Council for clearing the woody waste area. The area is now closed temporarily due to the Council’s contractors having capacity issues and will re-open in due course. Please store your woody waste on your plot until then or take it to the tip.
Committee members are the first port of call if you have any problems or questions and we will do our best to help. We can also contact the Council where issues arise which only they can resolve. Please see the contacts page for current members and seek us out on site or contact the secretary using the link.
There are currently several vacancies, including the positions of Chair, Shop Representative and Social Representative and you can join at any time. This is a good way to become involved, get to know everyone and help with communal activities.
As we were unable to hold an Open Day due to the lockdown restrictions, a plant sale was held for plotholders only which was very successful. Our special thanks goes to all those who gave their time and effort to organise this and man the stall, plus all those who donated plants or produce.
We very much regret to inform you that Joseph Ambaye has resigned from the committee and stepped down as chairman with immediate effect. We are very grateful to Joe for his very effective leadership and, in particular, the creation of the central area for branches etc. following the Council’s ban on bonfires. Although the area is now full, unfortunately the Council has been unable so far to chip and collect despite our efforts to press them on the issue.
We hope that a new chairman can be appointed at the October AGM.
You may notice that the water pressure is lower than usual. This is not due to any problems on site, but Thames Water have advised that they have lowered the pressure generally to reduce the risk of bursts or leaks.
The Plant swap, held in place of our usual open day on Saturday 16th May, was a great success with an estimated 200-300 plants changing hands. Tomatoes were as popular as ever but there was a good range including peppers and pumpkins, herbs and flowers, seeds and bundles of rhubarb. £200 was raised for charity and the social distancing worked well. Thanks to Phil, Joe and Giuseppe for organising this.
We have noticed that some tenants are NOT following the rules on social distancing.
Being behind a wall does NOT mean we are forgotten. The police helicopter has been checking us out, probably because we are next to the park which they are checking regularly. The only reason to be at the allotments is for the sanctioned activity of exercise.
If you don’t want to lose the extraordinary privilege that your plot confers please stick to the rules:
Maintain ‘social distancing’ and keep a minimum of 2-5 metres from anyone else. If someone approaches you on a path, step aside to create that distance and let them pass
No friends or guests to visit
No barbeques. The Council has instructed that communal facilities must be closed
Go straight to and stay on your plot. Families, please stay on your plot and do not socialise with others.
Remember, one indiscreet action could lead to the allotments being closed.