Newsletter March 2021

Now is the time to clear up your plot

We encourage all plotholders to get active and clear up their plot ready for spring planting. As ever, warmer times are closer than it seems while the weather is cold. And in the end, the work that is to be done is always larger than one hopes.

Clearing up now is not just sensible time management, but also good in view of the fact that normality is returning. And with normality come plot inspections by the gardening & structures working group. The first of these is scheduled for late April.

Let’s try and present the best possible picture to greet a brighter time when Covid is slowly becoming less of an issue.

Trading shed open and water flowing

The trading shed is open on Sunday mornings for customers. Just remember Covid rules – wear a mask, only one person in the trading shed at a time and stay well apart if waiting outside.

John Waterhouse, our man in the trading shed, is also sending out the good news that he switched on the water on site yesterday. Nothing stopping you growing those seedlings now.

Be considerate when parking your car

We are urging all those who drive on to the site to park considerately. Roadways must be kept clear for other cars to pass.

There are plenty of designated parking spaces around. If it is not possible to use one of these, or park on your own plot, please stay around so you can be found if another driver needs you to move your car out of the way.

Improving site security by encouraging ivy

Along the boundary to the Long Lane Pasture our site is secured by an old chain-link fence that is not in the best of conditions. We have had many break-ins entering through this fence over the years, most recently last year when the fire brigade came on to site via this route. In one section ivy has established itself and has formed a very secure, dense and impenetrable wall.

The Pointalls board was faced with the choice of either replacing the fence which would cause a lot of disruption and cost, or aiding the spread of the ivy along the boundary line and so form a natural fence, that also provides an ideal home to wildlife.

The board decided to go for the second option To encourage the growth of the ivy, the trees opposite the communal area on the fence line have been thinned out and the ivy clipped.

We believe a dense ivy hedge is appropriate for both allotments and pasture and that it will enhance the environment and help to enrich the wildlife in particular for bees and nesting birds.

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