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RAGA NOTICE BOARD

PLEASE NOTE THAT MOST SHOP-RELATED ITEMS ARE NOW ON THE SHOP PAGE

IMPORTANT NOTICE 30 July 2021:
We have also been informed by two plot holders that they have experienced thefs of produce from their plots and that gates have been left open we would ask everyone to make sure the site is secure when leaving, we can't stop people from jumping over fences etc but we shouldn’t make it any easier for non plot holders to enter the site
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING BONFIRES ON SITE:
People have been asking about whether or not it is now allowed to have bonfires on their plots to get rid of non- combustible rubbish.
The current advice from LCC is that only dry wood fires are allowed on allotment sites, no wet or green material is to be burnt, so please continue to compost all you can, and take anything which is liable not to burn with minimal smoke emission home with you for disposal. Or wait until things have dried out.

WATER:  

Please remember that hosepipes can only be used for filling water butts, not for direct watering, and no automatic irrigation or sprinkler systems may be used

Paths

Unfortunately several plot holders have had to complain about the state of many of the paths on the site, which are the responsibility of plot holders to maintain. The Committee are therefore asking all plot holders to pay particular attention to the condition of paths around plots, several are overgrown and a danger to others and we have had one unfortunate accident due to poor path maintenance. We will shortly be conducting a follow up plot inspection of the site and if the problem persists plot holders may be asked to give up their plots

 

RAGA Committee

Plotholders and anyone on the waiting list please respond to these requests  received from LCC summarised below: 

 

1.  We would be grateful if you could pass on the attached letter (link HERE) to all tenants on your site to inform them of the proposed increase in charges over the next 3 years commencing in October 2022.  We will also be adding this information to the Council’s website.  

 

2.  We would be grateful if you could forward this message to tenants on your site to give them the chance to pass on their views on allotments.  For those tenants who do not have computer access we are suggesting that if they would like to complete the questionnaire they ask a family member or friend or another tenant on your site with internet access, to complete it for them.  They can also contact the allotments team on 0113 3780873 and I can input the information for them.   

Current Allotment Holders:  Survey: https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/SEFD2P/ 

In addition we are also wanting to acquire the views of those on waiting lists. 

Prospective Holders (those on your waiting list):   Survey: https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/IPCEP2/ 

We would like as many tenants as possible to take this opportunity to express their views 

COVID 19 : THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR YOUR GUIDANCE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. ANY NATIONAL OR LOCAL RESTRICTIONS IN FORCE AT THIS TIME MAY MAY WELL OVERRIDE SOME OF THESE. PLEASE ALWAYS ADHERE TO THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT ADVICE

COVID-19 UPDATE  wef 5 November 2020

From Lynne Rodgers, Leeds City Council

Dear All

Here we are again – lock-down 2 (and hopefully the last one).

As from Thursday 5 November everyone should follow the Government’s guidelines in that they should stay at home, and only leave for a limited set of reasons. These include:

·         For education;

·         For work, if you cannot work from home;

·         For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or if on your own with    one person from another household;

·         For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;

·         To shop for food and essentials;

·         And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

 

Outdoor public spaces includes Allotments.

If you do visit your allotment the advice given previously should be followed:

 

Wash hands and keep washing your hands regularly

Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

Make Space – stay at least 2 metres apart

Do not share any equipment

Bring hand sanitiser or wipes to site with you to clean gates/taps etc.

If you show any symptoms of the virus or any of your household are self-isolating – STAY AT HOME

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and stay safe!

 

Kind Regards

Lynne

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Lynne Rogers, Senior Allotment Officer

Communities & Environment  - Parks & Countryside

The Arium,Thorner Lane, Leeds  LS14 3FB

Tel:  0113 378 0873    www.leeds.gov.uk

COVID-19 EXISTING ADVICE ON USE OF ALLOTMENTS UNDER CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

* 27.07.20 PLEASE NOTE THAT RAGA HAVE MADE SOME MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH CURRENT GOVERNMENT ADVICE

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 measures set by the Government.

 

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 current 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.

 

Kind Regards

Lynne

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 at least the current minimum social distance from other allotment holders. Don’t gather in groups. Use hand sanitiser or soap & water as you enter and leave site. 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.

 

Dear All

 

Leeds City Council have teamed up with Great Green Systems to offer Leeds residents a 35% discount on compost bins - to claim your discount visit bit.ly/compost35

 

The Green Johanna is great for gardeners, you can use it to compost all your garden and food waste (even meat and dairy). It is a hot composter so it produces compost much quicker than standard compost bins and it’s also fully sealed to keep out vermin.

 

For more information on composting sign up to the Bin, Waste and Recycling mailing list bit.ly/BinsEmail or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/compost.”

 

Kind Regards

Lynne Rogers, Senior Allotment Officer, Communities & Environment

WAITING LIST:  Please note that our waiting list for allotments has now grown to over fifty. This means you may have to wait one or two years before a plot becomes available.  It's still worth putting your name down though as people might change their mind as the Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed.

ALLOTMENT BREAK-INS

Please be aware that two allotment sites in North Leeds have been broken into recently with considerable damage/theft, details on the web site, and whilst on site yesterday [6/10]Steve noticed a failed attempt to break in to one of the site containers, so please keep any valuable tools etc. off site.

This advice comes via The Leeds Allotments Federation:

" It's been very worrying that in the last 4 days 2 allotment sites in North Leeds have been targeted by criminals. At Meanwood Parkside a vehicle was used to ram the gates and came on to the site where sheds were damaged and the locks of storage sheds broken and communal equipment stolen. At Ash Road a padlock was removed to gain access to the site, the storage container was broken into and tools stolen, as well as other damage on site. 

This seems to be on a different scale to the usual petty vandalism and the allotment community should be aware that there are some very determined and dangerous people who are prepared to cause significant damage to property and potentially to put us all at risk. The police have been involved at both sites. 

It is probably sensible to remove anything of value from individual plots, and to leave individudual storage facilities unlocked to reduce damage"

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

ACCIDENTS : All accidents on site should be reported by email to ragasecretary@gmail.com

WHO WE ARE

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.

RAGA

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, ragalettings@gmail.com

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: ragasecretary@gmail.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 

Newsletter

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Read a copy of the most recent newsletter here.
Archived copies here

Shop

We have a small shop on site, run by volunteers   More information here

Gardeners Q&A

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? 

Post your question or offer your advice in our Q&A Forum, or use the contact form below.

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