December 2020 Newsletter

By Jonathan Goodwin, 17th January 2023

This has been an extraordinary year for cultivating  allotments  with the Corona Virus affecting all our lives. We are currently just out of a second lockdown and in tier 3 but fortunately throughout the year we have been able to benefit from going to our plots and cultivating fruit vegetables and flowers. At this time of year it is important to try and keep weeds down over the winter months by mulching or using ground cover where possible.

Our allotments  have been a source of pleasure for us in a difficult year  and I am sure we will continue to enjoy  the benefits in  2021 .

I hope the end to restrictions will allow a return to some of our usual activities. We are planning a summer show in August 2021.

We have not been able to meet as a committee  for ages but we still hope to have an AGM in January 2021 although this may seem unlikely at the moment.

The working party similarly has not met since February and many planned and potential developments have had to be put on hold.

The Trading Store

We have been open since July when allowed but we were not able to open in November and therefore our next scheduled opening is on January  23rd 2021 so check with the website nearer the time.

We now sell peat free compost which is excellent and a more sustainable way to improve your crops and soil  as well as a growing medium for seedlings. Three bags are £ 11.00

We also have a card reader machine so you will be able to pay for  goods without using cash.

We still accept cash but no longer can take cheques.

In common with all retail outlets please wear a mask when visiting the store and only enter to actually pay so as to minimise contact.  We will select the items you want for you.

There is a potato order form on the website so please be thinking about which varieties you may want and get the form returned electronically or by post or drop off at the trading store in January. We anticipate being able to sell potatoes from the second weekend in February .

Otherwise I hope you all remain in good health and look forward to a good year for allotment gardening in 2021.

With best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and New Year

Penny Winston,