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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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