Visiting Allotments – latest
Continue to visit your allotments to take daily exercise, just be sure to follow all the usual social distancing and hygiene rules. Now that we are into watering season, water taps are one of the things we should be aware of as they could be touched (and contaminated) by quite a number of people. Consider improvising a tool from an old piece of wood to turn the tap on and off or reserve an old pair of gloves exclusively for this purpose.
Visiting Allotments – updated
We mentioned last week that it was OK to continue to attend our allotments, we still believe that to be the case but there has been some discussion since then about whether we should be driving to them or not, as it may be seen as a non-essential journey. This extract from the College of Policing and National Police Chief’s Council briefing issued to forces yesterday [1/4/20] that was posted on the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners website, seems to clear that up:
“Use your judgement and common sense; for example, people will want to exercise locally and may need to travel to do so, we don’t want the public sanctioned for travelling a reasonable distance to exercise.”
If you need to drive a reasonable distance to get to your plot, then this guidance would suggest that it is permissible to do so. However, please walk to the plot if you can. For more information visit the NSALG website
We believe at the time of this post that it is OK to visit your plot to take daily exercise providing you follow all the usual social distancing and hygiene rules and you don’t use public transport to get there and back. Do not attend your plot though if you or any member of your household have symptoms of or are actually ill with the virus or you have been instructed to stay at home in self isolation for 12 weeks. In either case please email email@example.com to let us know if you need short term assistance with your allotment. If you know of any members who don’t use email that are in this situation, tell us about them too.
Find an allotment
If you would like to get an allotment follow the link to our list of all allotment sites in North Herts.
Here you can see where the allotments are, who runs them & the contact details for all the landlords.
Contact your landlord
To contact someone about your allotment provided by other landlords click here
Have a look at this bulletin issued by Herts Police about allotment and garden security.
Having an allotment provides benefits to physical and mental health as well as being a fun and sociable pastime.
Some of our allotments
If you are interested in any of the following allotment related ideas, please let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see us at the Trading Store.
- allotment buddy / mentor system
- practical growing workshops for adults
- best kept allotment competition
- a fun competition for plot holders eg best scarecrow
- a plot to pot type event for all the family
- a plant or seed swap
- working parties to help fellow plot holders in times of need
- community allotment plot(s)
LDGA Mini Plots
If for whatever reason you don’t want a standard full or half plot, LDGA have number of Mini Plots for rent at the Norton Allotment Site off Flint Road, Letchworth. Each one is approximately 25m² (16ftx16ft) and costs £20 a year.
They are offered to LDGA members only on a first come, first served basis. All plots receive good amounts of sunshine and have easy access to a water tap. If you would like to be part of our Mini Plot community, register your interest now by emailing email@example.com or see us at the Trading Store.