Many plot holders have contacted us querying whether they can go up to their plot while on lockdown. In short, yes visiting your plot can count as your daily exercise session as recommended by the government.

Of course you need to continue to keep the social distancing rules of 2 meters and keep up with the increased hygiene measures. Use hand sanitizer when you’re able to, and the water on-site is switched on, and although it’s cold water, used with anti-bacterial hand wash will allow you to keep yourself as protected as possible.

The on-site toilet will be closed until further notice, as are any communal facilities like the shop.

If you are waiting to let a plot, then you’ve not been forgotten, but for obvious reasons, no plot letting will happen on the site until further notice and the council won’t accept any new applications to let a  plot. But those already on the waiting list, your position will be held until we pick up our normal letting duties sometime in the future.

The National Allotment Society has provided some brilliant, detailed guidance here.

Please keep safe, and please adhere to the rules, as the last thing we want during times like this is for access to the allotments to be taken away from us.

HALF-PRICE seeds from Dobies available to all Colchester Avenue plot-holders

This year we are operating a new seed ordering scheme which will enable all plot-holders to buy any Dobies seeds at 50% of the normal price. Nb this offer includes disease-resistant varieties and organic seeds, flowers as well as vegetables, and seeds are new not old stock. Other items in the catalogue are also available at 15% off.

The Dobies scheme is easy to use.

  • Anyone who wants to take part can pick up the 160 page colour catalogue plus a special order form;
  • Complete the order form at your leisure and return it to me with payment, including £1.99 postage for any number of packets of seeds.
  • After Christmas I’ll start sending our orders and money to Dobies;
  • Your seeds will then be delivered directly TO YOUR OWN ADDRESS
  • The sooner you complete your order, the sooner you’ll receive your seeds.

Pick up a catalogue and order form from the allotment shop, or from any committee member. You can also view the catalogue here on the Dobies website (50% off all catalogue seed prices), but you’ll still need to pick up the special discount form.

I shall be available to distribute catalogues and forms and/or take in orders and money as follows:

Saturday November 9th  10 am to 12.30 Meeting room next door to the shop on the allotment site
Sunday December 15th 1.30 to 4pm Sainsbury’s Café in Colchester Avenue
Saturday January 11th 10am to 12.30 Upstairs in Penylan Library
Sunday February 16th 1.30 to 4 Sainsbury’s Café in Colchester Avenue

If you’d like to contact Caroline for any further information, please complete the form below: