May’s Musings

May’s Musings

In these extremely trying times, it is fortunate that we are allowed to go to the allotment.

The National Allotment Society (NAS) have been updating their ‘Covid 19 Emergency Measures’, almost on a daily basis since the lockdown began. 

Join us on Facebook and WhatsApp to socialise and visit this blog regularly to keep up with the latest news.  Derek’s recent Yorkshire quiz proved to be both testing and enjoyable.

Committee Meeting – May 14th, 2020

We held our second online video committee meeting since the lockdown on May 14th, when our discussions focused on the borehole water distribution system.

A massive thanks goes to Isabelle and Wayne for getting this up and running and there are still more developments to come. 

The process of filling the IBC’s is extremely time consuming and physically challenging, as moving the heavy pipework around the site is very demanding.  

We are working on ways to improve this but I cannot state for certain when this work will be completed – it is a work in progress after all.

Rest assured, when  we have news we will share it.

Our Allotment Site Rules & the NAS Emergency Measures.

Please follow the rules without question. They are there for reasons of safety and to keep the site running smoothly and not as some seem to think, simply to annoy members.

If a member of the committee notices any breach of these rules or measures, you will be warned and spoken to.  Afterwhich, you may be invited by the committee to leave, persistent offenders will lose their plots.

Working Parties and Plot Inspections – These are cancelled until further notice. 

The Mower – The  ride-on mower is at last out of lockdown!  Consequently, the site is now looking very good again thanks to Isabelle and Derek. 

Although the main avenues are mown regularly, it is up to individual plotholders to keep the grass paths around their plots cut and tidy.

FInally, a warm welcome to all new plot holders

It can be quite daunting when first starting out, but remember little and often is better than overdoing it and risking injury. 

It’s a marathon and not a sprint and you’ll get there in the end. 

I was reminded recently that local discounts are available at some garden centres and suppliers on production of your Leeds Allotment Federation membership card.

If you haven’t got your card see Nick or myself .

Until next time,  please stay safe, save lives, and support the NHS by doing so. 

Ken Mulley-Smith

Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society

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