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Allotments & The Virus - Update No. 2
In order for the allotments to remain open, we must all behave responsibly. It's difficult because we all have friends at the allotment we normally chat with. Confinement means we feel the need to chat more when we meet someone, and the allotments is generally a happy relaxed place to be. Let's keep it that way, but please consider the following (extract from the National Allotments Society Coronavirus news page)
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
- 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
- Do not wash your hands, tools or veg in water troughs
If you can't get hand sanitiser, use gloves or a plastic bags to open and close the gates.
Another extract from the internet
The virus doesn't move, people move it.
We stop moving, the virus stops moving.
The virus dies. It's that simple.
Allotments & The Virus - Update
Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night (23rd March 2020) I have had numerous enquiries about whether the allotments will remain open. It is not clear to me what the ruling is regarding allotments - it could be interpreted that, like parks, they should remain open for exercise; so for now we will not close them, but ask you to think clearly about whether, by going to the allotments, you are putting others at risk.
If you decide to come to the allotments, then government rules on social distancing and gatherings of no more than two people should be strictly applied.
There are several plot-holders who fall into the vulnerable class. It is our collective responsibility to ensure we don't put them at any more risk by going to the allotments.
Common sense dictates that if you or any member of your household feel unwell you should not visit the allotments whatsoever.
Use wipes on the gate lock if you can or alternatively wash your hands. We cannot take on the task of sterilising the allotments - it's just not workable, it has to be down to you the individual - so we ask you all to be responsible.
If I get clear advice or the rules change again we may have to make the decision to close the allotments until further notice.
The Trading Hut
The Trading Hut will be closed until further notice.
This will not be provided unless the situation clears.
Stay well and try and enjoy the Spring and stay cheerful if you can.
Chairman, West Byfleet Allotments & Gardens Association
We are Staying open for now - Growing as Usual
Allotments & The Virus
It is OK to come to the allotments unless you are feeling unwell. Please observe the government's advice about contact etc. Additionally there are several plot-holders who fall into the vulnerable class. It is our collective responsibility to ensure we don't put them at any more risk. Use wipes on the gate lock if you can or alternatively wash your hands. We cannot take on the task of sterilising the allotments - it's just not workable, it has to be down to you the individual - so we ask you all to be responsible.
The Trading Hut
The Trading Hut will open as usual on Sundays, and available during the week if you can find a committee member to open it up for you.
We are still planning to have the portable toilet on-site between May and the end of August. It will get serviced by the supply company once a week, and in-between those times we are asking you to ensure it stays clean for others to use - use wipes if you have them.
Oak Processionary Moth
Last year there were reports of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) in the area, and it expected the infestations will continuing to spread across London and Surrey. Oak trees around allotment plots are particularly partial to infestation. OPM’s are known to cause skin rashes and should be reported if spotted. Please keep an eye out and report any sightings to the Council and a committee member if the sighting is on or near the allotments. Find out more here:
The OPM caterpillars start emerging in April from eggs laid in Oak trees the previous summer.
Only the weather stopping us now
Repairs to the bottom road have gone well, and it's nearly ready. However the new storm coming in over the weekend will not only stop the finishing work, but make the remainder of the road too soggy to use.
Planting up public areas
Correction to the time of the meeting - 2:00pm, not the previously shown 1pm.
There is a new group set up in West Byfleet, West Byfleet Community Garden Group. Its intention is to plant up public areas with cultivated and wild plants for the benefit of both wildlife and human residents.
They are holding a small planting day on 21st and 22nd February 10.30-13.00 outside Seymours in West Byfleet. Bring your own tools and any appropriate bulbs and similar.
There will also be an open planning meeting on Monday 2nd March at 14.00 at West Byfleet Library. WB allotment holders would be very welcome to participate at both. Please advise Louisa Bergman of intended attendance via email: loubergman AT hotmail.com