COVID-19 IMPORTANT ADVICE ON USE OF ALLOTMENTS UNDER CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
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COVID-19 IMPORTANT ADVICE ON USE OF ALLOTMENTS UNDER CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
From: Lynne Rogers
Senior Allotments Officer
Communities & Environment
I have received a number of enquiries asking if you can visit your allotment in light of the new measures set by the Government yesterday.
Government guidelines have stated that tenants can continue to visit their allotments as this is regarded as a form of exercise, as long as they abide by the following:
Limit your visits to one a day (say as long as is needed)
Keep within the 2m social distancing rule
Stay on your own plot
Do not gather in groups around the site
Bring hand sanitiser/gel with you (if you have any) for use on gates, locks, padlock, taps etc.
Do not use shared tools
Wash hands regularly
If you have children at home, you can bring members of the same household with you to your plot as long as no-one is self-isolating
If anything changes in the meantime I will let you know.
FURTHER ADVICE from Leeds Allotments Federation about coping with the corona virus emergency on your plots:
Follow Government Advice at all times, and remain at a distance of at least 2mtrs from other allotment holders. Don’t gather in sheds. Use hand sanitiser or soap & water as you enter and leave site. (We can’t supply this at the moment due to the panic buying). Be mindful of other allotment holders who may need help if they can’t get to site regularly. If you are displaying any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus stay away from site until you are clear & if you decide to self-isolate for 12 weeks let your committee know via email/text so they know you won’t be around for a while and won’t hassle you over your plot not being cultivated.
Please be respectful if people don’t want to engage in conversation and don’t go onto anyone else’s plot unless they invite you. This is a situation which is changing daily and we need to ensure our own and other people’s safety.
AND from The National Allotment Society:
Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, we are consulting with central government but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, to take daily exercise on their own or with members of your household. 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.
Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that this is notified to RAGA Secretary. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.
We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.
Members should take the following precautionary measures :
Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart CLICK HERE for guidance
Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 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
Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
Do not wash your hands in water troughs
We recommend that all communal facilities are closed
Click here for guidance if you do need to clean an area that has been visited by an infected person.
Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.
It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government.
We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.
Given the current advice we will be closing the shop from this Sunday, meaning the last opportunity to buy items will be this Saturday afternoon 21st March between 2.00 and 3.00 PM.
We are sorry for the inconvenience but I'm sure you will understand the reasons behind our decision
But when the crisis is over, please see the shop page for details of the summer opening hours and lots of detail as to what is available to purchase there. It makes sense to purchase your gardening requisites from the shop, and you might be surprised at the excellent selection of items available from there, and how much money you might save compared to garden centre prices !!!!!.
We occasionally arrange for two loads of manure, one near the main entrance, and one at the top of the site, to be delivered.
This manure is for the use of plotholders at £1.00 per barrowload. Payment at the shop or by transfer to RAGA bank account [description "manure"] please.
Please note that under the terms of the Constitution & Rules the RAGA committee carry out periodic inspections to ensure that plots are being kept up to a reasonable standard . The Managing non-cultivation Procedures are set out here
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THESE !!!
The Association was established to administer an allotment site in the north Leeds district of Roundhay.
The site consists of some 120 plots which vary in size from full standard plots to quarter sized plots. There is a very heavy demand for plots on this site with a waiting list. If you are interested in obtaining a plot then you should contact the lettings officer via the following email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
The site is self-managed but comes under the general oversight of Leeds City Council. The Management Committee meets approximately once every two months and members of the Committee may be contacted via the following email: email@example.com. The confirmed minutes of the Management Committee, the Constitution and Rules of the Association, and our policy relating to non-cultivation are available here.
RAGA is a member of the the Leeds & District Allotment Gardeners Federation
Our membership includes everyone from experienced Allotmenteers to complete novices. Do you have a question or need [or can offer] advice on any gardening matters?
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RAGA is an organisation whose primary aim is to administer an allotment site on the corner of Princes Avenue and Lidgett Park Road in the Leeds suburb of Roundhay.