As I sit here writing this newsletter the sun has finally decided to show its face after a snowy start to the new growing season. This should be good encouragement to get the spade and fork working to prepare the allotment ready for planting. By now early potatoes can be planted along with broad bean plants that have been hardened off outdoors.
I would like to welcome new tenants who have taken up plots over the winter months. I hope that the plot you have taken on is not too daunting, but I can assure you that once the plot is up together it is easy and rewarding to keep it going.
The allotment committee has decided to drop the awarding of cash prizes for the annual best kept allotment, the plots will now be judged on cultivation and neatness only. The same committee members will assess the plots four times in the same year, so that results can be constant for each year. The committee can then ascertain how the plots are maintained during the year. At this point I would like to remind tenants that if you have difficulty in keeping your plot up together please inform a committee member so we are aware of any problems. It is important that plots are kept tidy as we do not wish to receive complaints from neighbouring tenants which may result in warning letters being issued.
I would like to remind tenants that there is a 5mph speed limit on site. The committee has spent a lot of money repairing the road. Already it is being potholed, so I would request that tenants who use the road adhere to the speed limit. We are now having to purchase more hogging material to patch the road. Is there a tenant who can assist in any way with the supply of materials and/or assistance with the repairs? If so, please contact a committee member.
During the last allotment judging it was noticed that carpet is being used as a weed suppressant. The rules state that carpet is not to be used. If left too long then weeds grow through the carpet and it is then very difficult to remove. In the past this has resulted in committee members having to do the job prior to re-letting of a plot. The use of a covering left down for long periods will indicate to the committee that the plot is not being used which may result in the issue of a warning letter. I would like to bring your attention to Rule 6. Para(1).
Now the usual reminders: If you are the last person leaving the allotments, please remember to close the gate. A closed gate may put off some unwanted visitors and 'fly tipping'. Bonfires: Please check that the smoke is not drifting over the A27 road or towards the homes across the railway line and please make sure that the fire is extinguished before leaving the site. Finally, Rats: They are with us all the time, but if any tenant thinks they have more than most please do not hesitate to contact a committee member.
John Waterman Allotment Committee Chairman
Romsey Town Council, Town Hall, 1 Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8YZ | Tel: 01794 512837 | email@example.com