Acomb’s Hidden Gem

Green Lane Growers have prepared this wonderful video about the Green Lane Allotments as their entry for the NSALG Allotments Week competition.  Check it out!

If you are interested in getting an allotment of your own and joining an allotment community you can add your name to the waiting list for up to three sites on our application page.

York Allotments April Nature Notes – by Sara Robin

It is fantastic that we can visit our allotments and keep growing while the lock down continues. I am based on Scarcroft allotments and here are some nature notes of what I and other people have been seeing on the site. No doubt similar wildlife will be turning up on allotments all over York. It would be great if people’s sightings could be recorded on this Butterfly Conservation website.  Even the smallest bug or worm will have a part to play and an interesting life cycle. Now we have a bit more time to stand and stare, check out what lives in your compost bin, amongst the leaf litter or what birds are visiting your plot. I’ll start off with some butterfly updates.

Butterflies on Scarcroft have come out of hibernation, so spring is definitely coming.  As the next few days will be chilly so we may not see them but keep a look out when it warms up again. In my garden and on the allotment last week, I have seen lots of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies and a couple of Brimstones. More information can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell
Peacock

Both the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies lay their eggs on nettles so if you have some in a sunny position don’t dig them up, just keep an eye open for eggs and caterpillars. The Brimstone’s food plant is Alder Buckthorn which I have on my allotment and I did once have their green caterpillars on it so fingers crossed for this year.

Brimstone
Orange Tip

Another fairly early butterfly I haven’t seen yet is the Orange Tip, the name is a bit of a clue and the males have lovely orange ends to their wings. One of their food plants is Jack by the Hedge or Garlic Mustard which is found along our paths and on some allotments.

Garlic Mustard

 

COVID-19

Updated November 2020

Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?

Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis.

Can I visit the allotment with my family and friends?

It is permitted to visit your allotment during this month- long lockdown but you can only visit with your household, support bubble or one other person from another household.

Please remember to carry on using social distancing and taking hygiene precautions when visiting the site and touching communal surfaces.  It may feel safe on an allotment site but there are still risks.

Do not attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolating, this includes people who need to isolate after returning from holidays abroad.

IMPORTANT – The advice given here needs to be read in conjunction with any Regional Guidance introduced by the government that further restricts activity in local areas. Click Here to read the restrictions that apply to your area in England.

Hygiene Measures:

Take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels to the plot with you (cold water will work too).

Use hand sanitiser (should be 60% alcohol content) before entering the site and opening any gate locks.

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds after closing the lock, dry with a paper towel.

The most effective part of hand washing is the drying using preferably paper towel to remove the layer of dead skin scales – on which virus and bacteria sit. Paper towel to compost heap.

DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people.

Wash your hands again for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel before opening and closing the lock to leave the site.

Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock.

Wash hands when you get home.

Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2 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 in water troughs.

I am self-isolating  and cannot go to the allotment and worried about losing my plot, what should I do?

Please make sure that you get in touch with us and tell us that you are unable to visit the site, preferably in writing, so that we can make allowances for your situation.

Hempland Lane Allotment Summer Fair

Sunday 14th July 2019

10.00am – 3.00pm

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Join our annual Summer Fete, as part of our Centenary Celebrations in our newly created Community area, ‘Hempland Haven’, car park area allotment shop.

Free event for all association members and the local community.  Bringing our community together, sharing successes and failures of the season so far and friendship and laughter over a BBQ and a few drinks!

BBQ (bring your own items to sizzle, but don’t worry if you forget as some can be purchased on the day). Salads, bread rolls, sauces will be provided.

All proceeds raised on the day, are put back into the maintenance of the allotment site, for the benefit of all who work on the site and walk through it.

Please note that there will be no on-site car parking available, during the event

Please see below for more details of classes and events:

Summer fair 2019

Low Moor Community Kids’ Allotment Vacancies

Low Moor Allotments Community Kid’s Allotment is located at the bottom of Kilburn Road, just by the allotment car park.  The Kid’s Allotment has been running for 15 years and has received many awards.  It is organised by volunteers and the sessions are staffed by these volunteers and parents on a rota.

There are currently 12 members, aged between 6 and 12 years and sessions run weekly on a Saturday morning from 10am til 12noon between March and the end of October.  Members pay £1 per session.

During  the session the children are helped to garden the allotment: growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Whilst work has to be done, they make it fun! Produce is shared out after harvesting and brought home.

This year there are a number of vacancies for new members.  For more information or to register your child’s interest please contact Angela Johnson:  angela3147@hotmail.com

Hosepipe Use

REMINDER:

Hosepipes must only be used for filling water butts and containers.  You must not use them to directly water your plot.  Sprinklers are strictly prohibited.

This is for several reasons:

  • Using a hosepipe for extended periods means that other plot holders cannot get water.
  • Watering with a hosepipe is inefficient and leads to excessive water consumption, much of which is lost to evaporation.
  • Excessive water usage may lead to a water shortage and a hosepipe ban in times of drought.

The National Allotment Society website has more information on Gardening In A Drought which offers some helpful advice.

Inspection Notices

Plot inspections have recently taken place across most sites.  Some tenants will have received a letter from us telling them that they need to improve the condition of their plot.  But what does this mean?  We ask that at least 25% of a plot is cultivated as set out below.

Weed Suppressant - York Allotments

The tenant must demonstrate that they are maintaining their plot in a cultivatable state. This means that they are:

  • making every effort to control weed growth
  • preparing the soil for sowing or planting
  • planting out new crops during the growing season or maintaining perennials such as fruit bearing shrubs or trees

The use of weed suppressant covering by tenants is permitted in the following circumstances:

  • to prepare an overgrown plot for cultivation (weed suppressant coverings should not normally be in place for more than 12 months)
  • on a temporary basis for small areas of the plot (not exceeding 50% of the total area) not currently being used for growing
  • in the event of a prolonged absence, either due to illness or circumstances beyond the plot holders control, larger proportions of covering are permitted providing the tenant makes arrangements for YACIO to be notified.

Allotments Photography Project

In conjunction with a nationally exhibited photographer Dan May, we’re looking to start a project photographing allotment holders and their plots. The aim is to provide a record of York allotments and the people who cultivate them in 2018 and, hopefully, stage an exhibition of the photographs in the city later this year.

Dan is keen to meet allotment holders old and new and hear their stories and record them in photographs. He would particularly like to hear from groups of plotholders or meet those with more ‘unusual’ plots or allotment stories. Dan is a professional photographer and will ensure all photos are taken with consent. All photos taken will also be available for YACIO to use for promotional purposes.

If you or perhaps a group of plotholders or an allotment association would like to be involved, please contact danmayphotography@gmail.com for further information.