Allotment Plots

At present there is a waiting list for allotment plots. To apply to join the waiting list email:-

We have had a lot of applications from people in Chandlers Ford please note that you are not eligible to join the waiting list. This also applies to applications from the new development at Abbotswood as this lies within Romsey Extra. The waiting list is for Romsey Town residents only.

The above email address can also be used by members to contact the Allotment Committee

Best Kept Alloment competition winners 2016
Points are given for tidiness, cultivation and variety of produce.
Cash prizes are awarded for the top three highest scores
at the end of the season. Congratulations to this years winners: -
First place and winner of the Jim Holloway cup :
Mr & Mrs Lourens, plot 20
Second place: Mr Jones, plot 23
Joint Third place: Clemy Kingstone, plot 67 and
Mr & Mrs Chalk, plot 70
The winners with members of the allotment committee.















We have had complaints from nearby residents about smoke and pollution from bonfires. Allotment Rule 6ii clearly states that the allotment holder shall not cause annoyance to any other allotment occupier or local resident. Failure to comply with this rule could mean no more bonfires at the allotments. It is a great pity that a few thoughtless plot holders choose to ignore this rule and also leave bonfires unattended. When you leave your plot any bonfire shoud be extinguished.

Fly Tipping

We have recently had some fly tipping occur on the allotments which the society has had to pay to have removed. Could all members please remember to close the gate if they are the last person to leave the plots. This may help deter future incidents of fly tipping. If fly tipping becomes a regular occurance rents will have to be raised to cover the cost of removal of the offending rubbish.

Rent Rise

Please note that as from the end of September the annual rents will be £25.00 per annum for a whole plot and £15.00 per annum for a part plot.

AGM 2017

This years AGM will be held at Romsey Town Hall on Tuesday 9th May at 7.30pm. All plot holders are welcome to attend.

Chairmans report / Spring Newsletter 2017

Firstly I would like to welcome all new tenants that have joined us in the past year. It is hard work getting a plot up together, especially if it has been left in a poor state, so I hope that this has not put any of you off. Keep going as the rewards are worth waiting for. Once your allotment is up together it is easy to keep maintained. As we have had little rain over the winter period and the plots are not that sodden with water, now is the time to prepare for sowing and planting the early crops.
In my last newsletter I said we would be looking for a new Treasurer at this years AGM. Despite my plea for anyone interested to come forward, no-one has, and we now urgently need someone to take on this role. The alternative is that it is highly likely this committee will be unable to function as it has done, and in the worst case scenario may have to be wound up. I am sure there is a tenant who is perfectly capable of taking on this job - it is not demanding or particularly time-consuming. Please do not leave it to someone else - give it a bit of thought and contact me or Mike Nobbs as soon as possible.
We welcome all to the Allotment AGM on May 9th at Romsey Town Hall at 7.30pm, come along and have your say!

Since my last chairmans report we have had part of the allotment road resurfaced, at a cost of £4000. So drive carefully please. New gate and warning signs have been installed. I do hope they are bright enough!

From the competition results done during the winter judging period, it has shown that some tenants have not been maintaining their plots in a reasonable state, if at all! I would like to remind those tenants that the allotment plot has to be cultivated and kept tidy according to the Allotment Rules. Failure to comply could result in the loss of the plot. At present we have a waiting list of people wanting an allotment.

As the weather warms up the rodent population will increase. If any plot holder believes that they have a rat problem please contact any committee member so that we can apply a bait box where needed. Remember to turn over your compost bins as this will help deter rats nesting at the base.

As tenants you will have noticed that the water troughs have been emptied and cleaned out. So I would like to remind you all not to wash tools and vegetables in the troughs.

From feedback I have received, not every tenant who is last to leave the allotment site is closing the gate. I would request that if you are the last to leave, please shut the gate behind you. A closed gate will deter, hopefully, any unwanted guest i.e. fly-tippers and undesirables wishing to steal tools and vegetables.

The notice board is for all tenants to use. From the committees point of view we display the competition results and other relevant info. e.g. Summer BBQ date, of which we hope to have more of you attending this year.

Bonfires - if you do have a bonfire, please check that the smoke is not blowing across the road or railway line to the houses and that the fire is extinguished before leaving the site. Please do not cause a nuisance to our neighbours.
I wish you all a good growing season.

John Waterman
Allotment Committee Chairman.

Please sign this petition

Gary Trotter of the Romsey Allotment Gardeners association, has initiated a petition on the No. 10 website to try to preserve allotments against developers by giving allotments that have had at least 60% occupancy for 5 years the same status as village greens and therefore not available for building land.

The link is as follows:

Contaminated Manure

Please can all members to be vigilant when buying manure & check with their supplier to ensure his manure or grass suppliers (for his cattle) are not contaminated with a herbicide called aminopyralid, which is found in products marketed by Dow AgroSciences Ltd.

Also details on the The Pesticides Safety Directorate website.

Allotment vandalism

A number of allotment sheds have been vandalised and turned over and other items such as fruit cages and stakes have been broken on the allotments.
The police are aware of this and spent some time at the plots with the Chairman looking for any clues as to the culprits. If you have had anything stolen from your plot could you please inform the committee or the Romsy police.