Paths/Fences Issues – When Mowing

Whilst I mowed the grass yesterday with Wayne, I came across a few issues. In preparation for the plot inspection at the end of the month, could we remind plot holders:

1) to inset the chicken wire / fencing in the ground as I had to stop so many times to avoid the lawn mower to get stuck

2) to ensure that tools (e.g. takes and wood bâtons to not hang over the paths as I had to duck a few times.

Isabelle,
Vice-Chairman of the Alwoodley Allottment Society Ltd

Covid 19 Update – Lockdown 2

NAS – 5 November – a new English national lockdown comes in to force. We have adjusted the advice below accordingly and will review on a regular basis.

Here is the latest from National Allotment Society (NAS)

What the NAS is doing to help members

The National Allotment Society is working to support plot-holders and associations so that they can continue to work their plots and manage sites in a safe and secure manner during the pandemic. 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.

5 November – a new English national lockdown comes in to force. We have adjusted the advice below accordingly and will review on a regular basis.

Plot-holders in Wales must follow Wales Assembly coronavirus restrictions

Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

It is permitted to visit your allotment during this month- long lockdown to take some exercise. Please remember to carry on using social distancing and taking hygiene precautions when visiting the site and touching communal surfaces. Plot-holders over 70 years of age, regardless of general health are particularly vulnerable. It may feel safe on an allotment site but there are still risks.

NAS Q & A  On Allotments and Social Distancing

Protect yourself and your family

Covid -19 – The virus that causes COVID 19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.  Some droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces. Other smaller airborne particles can remain in the air for some time. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of a person who has Convid-19- hence the 2m social distancing requirement, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?

Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis.

Can I visit the allotment with my family and friends?

It is permitted to visit your allotment during this month- long lockdown but you can only visit with your household, support bubble or one other person from another household if permitted by site/association rules and regulations.

How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?

Do not attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolating, this includes people who need to isolate after returning from holidays abroad.

Take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels to the plot with you (cold water will work too).

Use hand sanitiser (should be 60% alcohol content) before entering the site and opening any gate locks

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds after closing the lock, dry with a paper towel

The most effective part of hand washing is the drying using preferably paper towel to remove the layer of dead skin scales – on which virus and bacteria sit. Paper towel to compost heap.

DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people- use an elbow to work the push taps.

Wash your hands again for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel before opening and closing the lock to leave the site

Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock

Wash hands when you get home

Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2 metres

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.

Do not share tools

Do not wash your hands in water troughs

I am self-isolating  and cannot go to the allotment and worried about losing my plot, what should I do?

Please make sure that you inform your Council Allotment Officer or Allotment Association that you are unable to visit the site, preferably in writing, so that they can make allowances for your situation.

What changes should Allotment Associations make to site management?

Pin up information about social distancing and hygiene on a notice board or the gate, there is a QR code at the bottom of this page that links to our updating page.

If you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to the Secretary or Site Manager so that they can authorise and are aware of who is on site. It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.

Risk undertake risk assessments and take appropriate action to reduce hazards around any areas of the site that could cause contagion e.g. communal water troughs, equipment, taps, and gate locks. Click Here for further guidance and a link to the government advice around cleaning in non-healthcare settings..

The NAS does have further detailed information on risk assessments and the duty of care for Self-Managed Associations please email natsoc@nsalg.org.uk  if this is required.

Gatherings – Community Activities must stop during the lockdown.

All communal facilities including toilets should remain closed. The Society’s view is that most allotment association’s do not have the capacity to fulfill the necessary requirements to safely open and clean site toilets or communal buildings.

Communal Water Points many sites will have communal taps and water troughs, the use of which could potentially spread the disease. The water supply itself is chlorinated https://www.wessexwater.co.uk/coronavirus.  Associations may want to consider a system whereby volunteers fill up plot-holder’s water butts from the taps. The volunteers would wear single use gloves (click here for de-gloving advice) and follow good practice around social distancing and hygiene.

Toilets – the Society’s view is that most allotment association’s do not have the capacity to fulfill the necessary requirements to safely open and clean site toilets, especially as most are compost toilets with no running water and where bleach/disinfectant should not be introduced to the system. We would also question whether it is reasonable for an association to ask volunteers to carry out this risky activity. Public Toilets that are open are subject to regular (more than once a day) deep cleans by operatives in disposable PPE and are closely supervised.

AGMs are right at the heart of member democratic control in co-ops and community businesses. We also know that because of COVID-19 and social distancing, our members have faced a number of dilemmas regarding how and when to hold their AGMs.

The Government has confirmed that co-operative and community benefit societies, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are covered by legislation that provides businesses with greater flexibility in how and when they hold their Annual General Meetings (AGMs), or any other General Meetings (GMs) until the end of 2020.

Back in March the government announced it would be legislating to give companies greater flexibility in how they approach AGMs and GMs in 2020. Co-op UK worked with government to ensure legislation was extended to societies in a useful way.

The legislation gives societies legal certainty and comfort if they need to breach their rules, and usual good co-operative practice, by:

  • Holding their AGMs and GMs in ways that restrict in-person participation
  • Holding their AGMs and GMs with online participation
  • Delaying their AGMs and GMs

The legislation will initially provided this period of legal certainty and comfort up to the end of September 2020. Government has now confirmed that legislation has been extended to the end of December 2020, for societies in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and may be reviewed again. The legislation will also apply retrospectively from 26 March, so any AGMs and GMs societies held from that date onwards are covered.

Contact natsoc@nsalg.org.uk for further information and support.

Shops – it is now compulsory to wear a mask when inside a shop.  The Society considers that unless you are able to comply with the stringent conditions within the Horticultural Trades Association guidance for Garden Centres (CLICK HERE to view) that Allotment shops should remain physically closed with an online/remote system in place. CLICK HERE for an example.

Shared Machinery- please contact natsoc@nsalg.org.uk for detailed advice

Bonfires Please check with your Local Authority before authorising bonfires on the site. Garden bonfires contribute to air pollution, especially when green material is burnt. Air Quality can be checked at this link – CLICK HERE

Plot inspections –if you are still carrying out plot inspections they should be paused, do not penalise plot-holders who have been ill, shielding or stayed away from the plot because they are clinically vulnerable.

If you are unsure as to which tenants have been shielding or ill, one option of dealing with the situation would be (from the point at which plot inspections are re-instated) to regard all tenants as if they hold new tenancies and apply the relevant criteria in your tenancy agreements. For associations using the NAS model agreement that would mean you would expect a quarter of the cultivable area of the plot to be cultivated within the next three months and the whole within one year. This would give tenants who have been obliged to shield themselves a fair opportunity to restore their plots to good condition, taking into account the degeneration in plot condition that has occurred in their absence. In as much as we are about to enter autumn, this would mean in practice that tenants would just have to ensure that at least of the quarter is adequately prepared for the winter break and ready for spring cultivation. In addition, it would be a good idea to insist that all material nuisances to other plot-holders resulting from non-cultivation be remedied within the same three months. This would mean, for example, the removal of grass seed heads and overhanging brambles.

Plot allocations – should be paused for the duration of the lockdown

Public Footpaths through allotment sites – if you have a footpath running through the site that is used by large numbers of people associations could consider taking the following steps.

Tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate.
There is no power under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for landowners to close or obstruct a public right of way, however associations could put up a polite notice asking walkers to respect  plot-holders by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through the allotment gardens.
Offering a permissive alternative route around gardens only where it is safe to do so (permission must be obtained from relevant landowners and steps must be taken to make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained. It is also necessary to check the insurance position before doing this to ensure that appropriate cover is in place.

Please see further advice from Natural England – Using Green Spaces and also guidance on the Countryside Code.  NAS recommend that this issue is discussed further with the landowner, prior to any action been taken.

Click on the link to read about self isolating

Click on the link to read about social distancing

Click on the link to read some useful advice about hygiene Germ Defence

Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis at these links.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Wales Assembly coronavirus restrictions

For NHS information and advice CLICK HERE

If you are making a poster for the allotment gate, here is a QR code that will link direct to our latest advice.

Download this article as a press release PDF »

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Sources of Knowledge and Enlightenment!

Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd (AASL) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION

ALWOODLEY ALLOTMENT SOCIETY LIMITED

As well as our own fabulous website (alwoodleygrowers.org.uk) there are lots of very useful bits of info available on the LAF website (leedsallotmentsfederation.org).

Of particular interest is one about allium leaf minor which has made its presence felt in Leeds this year.

Sign up and follow the Leeds Allotment Federation Group and our website.

AGM 2020 – NOTICE OF CANCELLATION

Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd (AASL) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION

ALWOODLEY ALLOTMENT SOCIETY LIMITED

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION for AGM 2020

Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd (AASL) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION

Dear Plot Holder

AASL was due to hold its Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

However, this letter is notice that we have CANCELLED the meeting this year. 

AASL has no other practicable option, since neither we nor the Moortown Club can meet Covid-19 Secure Guidelines.  In addition, feedback is that many AASL members are not yet willing to attend indoor meetings.

However, we are sending you the AGM Agenda and papers we would have used if we had held the meeting, with news of how we’re handling the situation instead.

AGENDA


1.  Minutes of 2019 AGM ( Click Here to read the minutes)
2. Chair’s report ( click here to read the chair report)
3. Secretary’s report ( click here to read the secretary’s report)
4. Treasurer’s report (click here to read the treasurers report)
5. Election of the new committee (Since we cannot have an AGM, we cannot vote on the Election of Officers to serve AASL 2020/21   All other Officers and Members of the AASL General Committee have agreed to continue in their current roles for another year, until 30 Sept 2021.
6. The committee propose fees for 2021/22 to remain as 2020/21


If you have any comments or questions you would like to ask, please contact
Ken Mulley-Smith
Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd.

Alwoodley Allotment Society Committee News

Alwoodley Allotment Society Committee News

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.

Look in your mail boxes for the full news update or click here

Ken Mulley-Smith

Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd

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
CCC online mailbox

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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