Following a suggestion at the AGM, we now have a whiteboard outside the Clubhouse listing the jobs around the site that need doing.
We have had a fantastic response from Members and their friends who have been doing a wide range of tasks, including:
tidying the compost area
mowing the grass
tidying and weeding the secret garden.
strimming and covering plots ready for new tenants
fixing leaky pipes
serving food at events
showing visitors around the site
sowing wildflower plants.
The committee would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody who has helped maintain our allotment site. As well as being somewhere for us to grow fruit and vegetables it is a fantastic community garden.
If you haven’t had a chance to help out yet, there are always a wide range of jobs available – from helping to open the shop on a rota, cutting grass through to admin tasks – just speak to a committee member or put your name down on the board.
On Sunday 14 March our members cleaned, tidied and decorated the communal facilities as part of our Community Spruce programme.
The external walls of the toilets were painted (the doors still need to be finished).
The internal walls and ceilings the both toilets were scraped, primed and painted (the floors still need to be painted).
The Clubhouse kitchen cupboards were emptied and the contents sorted. A professional cleaning company will be along shortly to give the Clubhouse a deep clean ready for upcoming events including our AGM and Open Day.
The communal poly tunnel and greenhouse were cleared and tidied. Unfortunately a lot of potted plants had to be disposed of because they were infested with vine weevil.
A skip was available for site and members’ use as some plotholders had inherited a lot of rubbish and rubble when taking on their plots.
There was also a litter pick of the site and surroundings.
Thank you to everybody who helped out on the day and to those who have been helping with the site improvements at other times.
As part of the Community Spruce programme we are hosting a Great British Spring Clean to help tidy up our allotments, and the areas near our entrances.
As well as a general tidy up and litter pick, we will be giving the clubhouse, toilets and office a good clean and a lick of paint. We will be pricking-out and potting-on of plants for the Open Day on 19th May. Our resident horticultural expert will be giving demonstrations for those new to growing from seed.
Children can help too – many of the seedlings ready to be pricked-out were sown by children at our March Community Spruce event.
Members will be able to dispose of non-recyclable waste in a skip that will be available on the day.