August is the month the committee does not meet. Graham our follow the plot editor is also taking the time off. Every month during the lockdown we have met using the Zoom video call technology. With this in mind, I would like to share our recent discussions with you all. As your chair, I can only praise the committee for their endeavours and energy during the lockdown and first six months of this year.
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Although the water situation on the site has vastly improved since the borehole has been in operation, groundwater levels can and will fluctuate particularly in times of drought and over-reliance on this source will prove be dangerous at some point in the future.
A recent article, ‘Feeding a city – Leicester as a case study of the importance of allotments for horticultural production in the UK’, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, provides a fascinating insight into the importance of allotments in providing food for urban populations.
We have welcomed quite a few new members over the past few months and it is clear that some are feeling quite daunted by the amount of work involved in getting a new plot into shape.
But it doesn’t have to be all backbreaking toil with very little to show for your efforts in the short term.
To those of you finding it all a bit disheartening don’t give up, give ‘no-dig’ a try.
To find out what’s involved you can find expert help and advice from Stephanie Hafferty, an organic no dig kitchen gardener, plant based cook, award winning author, food and gardening writer, small scale homesteader and mum of three.
With the recent change to the Government’s guidelines on COVID-19 you are now allowed to mix with six people, including children, from different households to spend time outdoors – including allotments and outdoor spaces.