National Allotment Society Convid 19 Update 7/4/2020

National Allotment Society Convid 19 Update

NAS Q & A  On Allotments and Social Distancing
 

Be guarded

All you need to know about what you can and should do during these difficult times we now live in.



CORONAVIRUS:  What the NAS is doing to help members

The National Allotment Society is working to provide clarity for our members on what the virus outbreak and ensuing impacts will mean for Allotment Holders.  As more information becomes available, we will be updating our advice to our members, please read the Q & As below on how the outbreak is affecting Allotment Sites and their use.

UPDATED 07/04/2020 
 

Protect yourself and your family

We are all living through a crisis, the likes of which the country has not experienced since war time. The community spirit that exists on allotment sites is now vitally important.  Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times and take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of contagion from the Covid- 19 virus when you visit the plot.

Read the full article at https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

How we communicate:

via direct email mailchimps like this one.

Visit our website at https://alwoodleyallotments.wordpress.com/ and follow our blog and receive the latest posts by subscribing to it.

Whatsapp is available, email the thecommittee@alwoodleygrowers.org.uk with your name and phone number to be added to the group.

Facebook, we have two:

The growers where are blog entries end up https://www.facebook.com/alwoodleygrowers

The allotment where you can post and discuss plot holder topics
https://www.facebook.com/groups/alwoodleyallotments
 
Via email, contact us at mailto:thecommittee@alwoodleygrowers.org.uk

That’s all folks!

Stay safe and well

Ken Mulley-Smith
Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd

Driving to the Allotment Update

This is a very fluid situation with information and guidance changing on a daily basis. Today, the question was asked of our local councilor Dan Cohen if driving to the site was allowed. His reply was “As we know, for now, I’ve been advised that tending allotments is a legitimate thing to drive to” 31/03/2020

Update from the National (NAS) 1/4/2020

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.

We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so.

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Driving to the plot, we are aware that in recent days there has been conflicting statements from police forces about driving to your plot. A briefing has now been issued from the College of Policing and the National Police Chief’s Council that advises forces to :-

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. ………………….. We should reserve enforcement only for individuals who have not responded to Engage, Explain, and Encourage, where public health is at risk.

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 at all possible

Read more here

Covid 19 Emergency Measures

Statements from the West Yorkshire Police and The National Allotment Society.

From the National Allotment Society

March 30th, 2020

UPDATED 30/03/20

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.

We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so.

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Read more here


From West Yorkshire Police – Leeds North East

People in our communities may be receiving letters like this one. Your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams are working to help stop the spread of Coronavirus by Warning and Informing people about Government guidelines. Please help stop the spread and pay attention to the advice.#StayHomeSaveLives

Read more on their Facebook site click here

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From West Yorkshire Police

HI,

Due to government guidelines only essential travel in your vehicle is allowed such as going shopping for food etc. So I would advise to read advice from the government you can view them here – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Kind regards
West Yorkshire police
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Your message:
Dear Sir/Madam,

Please can we have some clarification following the statement/letter issued this morning by yourselves

Our allotment is on Eccup Moor Road, a large number of the members (80) drive to the allotment to work their plots. Our members live in the Alwoodley area. We have no sheds on site and therefore we transport our tools etc by car. Following the statement this morning ‘don’t drive to a location for exercise’, I’ve been asked by my members where we stand, can we drive to the allotment?

I’ve copied all of the Allotment Committee for their information.

Kind regards

Ken Mulley-Smith
Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd

National Allotment Society Communication

Please see the enclosed communication from the National Allotment Society

https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

Members should take the following precautionary measures :

  1. Keep hand sanitiser and wash your hands regularly
  2. Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  3. DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart
  4. Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  5. If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  6. Do not share tools
  7. Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  8. Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  9. We recommend that all communal facilities are closed

Stay Safe

Gate LOCK CODE CHANGE is coming.

LOCK CODE CHANGE

The code for the gate will change on 1 April and you will receive notification of the new code by email. Please ensure that you keep up to date with all the news and updates by regularly checking your emails.

If you are not getting emails from us please advise us by contacting

thecommittee@alwoodleygrowers.org.uk

We will then subscribe you to the blog emails.

Communal Facilities are closed

The cabin and toilet is closing today following advice from the National Allotment Society that ‘We recommend that all communal facilities are closed’

In doing so, we are reminded that this is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our members remains our number one priority.

We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.