The following advice incorporates new guidelines set out by the National Allotment Society on 31st March 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
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.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency,
- Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
- Use hand sanitiser before opening and after closing any gate locks
- Wash hands when you get home
- DO NOT gather together in groups for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart.
- 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
- If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.
The recycling Centre at James Street is currently closed to the public and therefore there will be no collections of waste from either plots or sites for the next few months. Tenants and Associations are asked to think carefully about how waste is managed on sites during this period. Burning waste is NOT an option (see below).
There has been a marked increase in bonfires on allotment sites recently and this will almost certainly present a problem for our neighbours, most of whom will be at home and wanting to enjoy time in their gardens. YACIO is asking all tenants NOT to light bonfires during this period where neighbours and their families have no choice but to be at home. You may wish to investigate other methods of disposing of ‘woody’ waste for example, building dead hedges or creating an insect hotel. Green waste, of course, should never be burned due to prolonged and excessive production of smoke.
If you have livestock on the site and must visit twice a day, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock, based on what is happening in other countries you may eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going
Tenants who are bringing their children to their allotment please make sure that your children remain on your plot only. It is essential that proper social distancing is observed on the allotments.
We are still unable to receive any post at the current time as we cannot access our PO Box. Please do not send us anything by post. We are looking at longer term solutions.
If you are unable to make it to your plot please do let us know so that we can record this on your file. Nobody will be evicted for non-cultivation at this time but it helps us to know who will definitely not be working their plot to aid us in our future planning.
Thank you for your continued support and kind words over the last few weeks, our Trustees and Site Secretaries are all volunteers and are doing their best to react to these increasingly challenging circumstances.