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.
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.